Teams insist cost cap is not dead

By on Friday, May 9, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Several Formula 1 team principals have insisted that the concept of a cost cap for Formula 1 is not dead.

Plans were announced earlier in the year for the sport to adopt cost control next season but FIA president Jean Todt revealed at the Bahrain Grand Prix last month that the strategy group voted against such measures.

But a couple of senior figures within the sport are adamant that the cost cap can still happen.

"I don’t believe… from our point of view, I don't believe the cost cap is dead," said Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley.

"I think as far as we’re concerned it’s still in the hands of the FIA to progress what was unanimously approved and we will do our very best to support other measures that can go in line, but I think you need the two."

Sauber's Monisha Kaltenborn echoed comments made by Fernley.

"I don’t think it’s dead because first of all, as it’s been said already, there is a unanimous decision and I think it is very much possible to police it," she said.

"Because it’s something can be policed, it’s figures – because they are pretty clear. It depends on the people that put down the figures if they are right or wrong. We do that all with our companies. I think there’s no country where our teams are situated where we don’t have book-keeping so I don’t think it should be an issue.

"We, at Sauber, definitely could live with a system where you first of all come into with trust, and not the lack of trust, and say if the teams put in the figures and you have a certain actual policing system. It can work, we’ve been saying that for long and I think it is very much doable."

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