FIA aims to get all teams to cap budgets using one-sided regulations

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Budget-capped KERS users will get a bigger boost in 2010
Budget-capped KERS users will get a bigger boost in 2010

The publication today of the FIA’s budget cap plan for 2010 shows it intends to get every team competing under the spending limit.

Rather than offering technical regulation that would allow cost-capped teams to compete on parity with the unlimited spenders, it seems to me the rules for next year would favour those sticking to the spending limit.

They will have no rev limit on their engines, a KERS with twice the power of their rivals, more adjustable wings and the ability to develop four-wheel-drive if they choose.

Since Max Mosley first mooted the possibility of a ‘voluntary’ budget cap there has been widespread suspicion about how his plan for a ‘two-tier’ F1 could work.

Rather than making budget capping mandatory, the FIA has to offer it as a voluntary option, as it cannot assume the right to inspect the teams’ finances without their permission.

The publication of the new rules today strongly suggests Mosley intends to make the alternative to the budget cap too unappealing for anyone to consider. Here are the advantages that capped teams will be entitled to under the 2010 rules:

Non-capped teams Capped teams
Adjustable front wings Maximum six-degree adjustment twice per lap Maximum ten-degree adjustment any number of times per lap
Adjustable rear element Not permitted Permitted
Engine performance 18,000rpm maximum No rpm limit
KERS power in Max. 60kW No limit
KERS power out Max. 60kW Max. 120kW
KERS energy release per lap Max. 400kJ Max. 800kJ
Transmission No more than two driven wheels Any number of driven wheels
KERS power delivery May only power the rear wheels May power any wheels
Wind tunnel use Limited Unlimited
Testing Limited testing outside racing season Unrestricted
Engines and gearboxes Limited number per season No limit

Source: FIA technical and sporting regulations, 2010

As an extra incentive to comply, the teams have been set a deadline of May 29th to apply to compete in 2010. The total number of entries that may be accepted has been increased to 13 two-car teams. But what is there to stop the FIA from selecting only those teams that prefer the budget capping option?

Several new outfits have already expressed interest in doing so: chassis builder Lola, David Richards’ Prodrive operation, and GP2 team iSport.

As the new cost cap is likely to force most of the teams to make large number of redundancies, these new teams may at least provide some places for out-of-work engineers to go.

The ??40m limit ($59.18m / ??44.73m) will not include engine costs (2010 only), driver salaries, marketing and FIA fines.

Do you think the FIA intends to make budget capping too good an offer to refuse? Will any teams opt for unlimited spending? Have your say in the comments.

101 comments on “FIA aims to get all teams to cap budgets using one-sided regulations”

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  1. Question. Lets have a poll –

    With the “capped” and “uncapped” regulation, can it still be said the sport of Formula One will be fair and equal in spirit and spec, to all those competing…

  2. I have to say I think Hamilton is about to come good too!!!

    Also I just found a competition where you can win qualifying tickets in the BMW paddock for the British Grand Prix!!!!

    Check it out…

  3. jenson will win. easy

  4. I think that Mclaren will rock this world this year and thrash everyone.

  5. Broadsidejohn
    29th June 2009, 5:10

    Hello, everyone. I am in the US and new to the site. I am enthusiastic about Mssrs. Windsor and Anderson starting up USf1 (I thought that Bernie B threatened to sue them if they used “F1”) and looking forward to next season. One thing puzzles me: F1 has bid adieu to US, Canada and France. The main excuse they gave for bailing out on Indy and the US was the cost of bringing the teams so far. I see that they have races nearer to Europe in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, China and Malaysia.Didn’t they have huge unfilled stands at these races? My feeling is that if a country will pony up huge $$ to lure a race then, voila! Also, I think F1 is largely advertising driven. By that I mean the main sponsors want to get their brand out into the world, and if that means that Chad, Bangladesh or Tierra Del Fuego can pass the baskets and collect enough $$ lure F1, why not give the boot to Belgium, Germany and Hungary? How many F1 fans are in the United Arab Emirates? or Myanmar? That’s why I am beginning to suspect that it’s all about ING, Santander, et al and F1 is merely the Vehicle to deliver their message. It makes fans of motorsport wonder. If anyone can enlighten me on this, please do so. There are lots of very knowledgeble fans here.

  6. waqas afzal
    25th July 2009, 15:30

    massa kimi and alonso i like these drivers

  7. Alejandro Nauta
    13th July 2009, 5:46

    ha…ha…ha… in your dreams lol

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