If you thought the idea of
F1 budget caps departed
with their chief advocate,
Max Mosley, think again. The
imperious Briton may have
been sidelined since
2009, when Jean
Todt replaced him as
FIA president, but
Mosley relaunched his
campaign for cost
caps via the media
after financial woes
killed one team and severely
wounded another last year.
Now, he has suggested a
new variation of the scheme:
In exchange for signing up to
a budget cap, teams would be
given more technical freedom.
“I could imagine that very
soon all the teams would be in
the camp of the
budget cap,” Mosley
(INSET) told Auto
Motor und Sport.
“They would realize
that for $100 million
you could have great
motorsport and build
technically advanced cars.”
Of course, imagining it and
getting all the teams to agree
are two different things...
The concept, and its patron, that won’t go away
max headroom for f1 budget cap
More than a palette change is needed at McLaren
darker cars, darker words
Helio Castroneves said ahead of his 300th
IndyCar start at the Indy GP that he was as
enthusiastic as he had been before his first
– and added a touch of irony to the point by
sparking a multicar incident in Turn 1.
Jenson Button’s patience
with McLaren-Honda seems to
be fading. “The first 30-odd
laps were the scariest of my
life,” he said in Spain. “Any
time I touched the throttle at
any speed, the rear was gone.”
With Fernando Alonso’s
brake failure in the same race,
it was an inauspicious debut
for the team’s revised “TV
friendly” livery. Unfortunately,
the cars are still doing little
for the cameras to love.
Handling and, in Alonso’s case,
braking woes for McLaren at least
served to spread the blame in Spain.
Would a “free rules” option under a budget cap give
F1 minnows like Manor more of a fighting chance?
expectations, noting that the extreme
heat of the Sepang race meant that it
had been something of a wild card. But
even he seemed somewhat disillusioned
by the distance to the two silver cars
ahead of him in Barcelona.
Hamilton’s prospects for challenging
Rosberg in Spain were undercut by a poor
getaway that dropped him behind Vettel,
and then a slow pit stop, but Rosberg
did his best to maximize his moment. “We
won the development race this weekend,
so it is an important indication for the
season,” he said. But so is the next race...
PAIN IN SPAIN
Finishing 45sec down was
sobering for Sebastian Vettel.
“For some reason, we are not
competitive here, even though
we have improved our car.”
Mercedes on pole, making a clean
getaway and having an untroubled
race – an old script, but with a new
leading man in Nico Rosberg.