I have wondered how it works. Is the budget cap for a calendar year or for a specific car? If it would be for a specific period then this years car was possibly not subjected to budget constraints? But now we have a calendar period in which they have to develop the MCL36 and create the MCL37. In a way it is more reassuring if this years car was built without a cap, because if it was built IN the cap, then you'd argue that the issue may be the design and engineering talent at our disposal.diffuser wrote: ↑Wed Jun 29, 2022 7:01 pmWhat I read was "Since 99% of the 2022 car was NEW, it cost 30 Million more than the 2023 car will." The 30 Million will vary from teams to team depending on how much they cary over.mwillems wrote: ↑Wed Jun 29, 2022 2:47 pmThat wasn't in the article, it was just his opinion. It's a shame we might not find out in reality though.
The budget cap is important for F1 for sure, but I'm not feeling so great about it given the current economic circumstances.
The other thing about the CAP we don't know is "how much of the 2022 car was built using 2021 budget vs 2022 budget". How much did McLaren spend in 2021 on the 2021 car trying to stay ahead of Ferrari that they could have put into the 2022 car? Let's face it the 2021 baby was one of those rare occasions that we through the baby out WITH the bath water!
You're right about 2021, silly decision not to focus on the MCL36 and the reason for us being a bit behind this year.