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F1 will “lose several teams” if costs aren’t cut – Todt

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Ma Qing Hua, HRT, Monza, 2012In the round-up: FIA president Jean Todt warns further cost cuts are essential in F1 to keep teams in the sport.


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Todt sets 2015 F1 costs target (Autosport)

“Costs are my main objective, because they must be lowered by a further 30 per cent in the next three years, otherwise we’ll lose several teams.”

Ferrari chief Montezemolo admits his team could pull out of Formula One (CNN)

“If Formula 1 is not any more an extreme technology competition, where the technology can be transferred to the road car, maybe we can see Formula 1 without Ferrari.”

Montezemolo, Todt and Ecclestone meet in Maranello (Ferrari)

“As has happened before on the occasion of the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo invited FIA President Jean Todt and FOM CEO Bernie Ecclestone to a meeting at Maranello today.”

Renault in running for surge in engine sales (FT, registration required)

“Team bosses predict only Renault, Mercedes and Ferrari will supply engines from 2014, when new rules will stipulate that cars must use less fuel-hungry V6 engines to better align F1 with environmental concerns.”

Zanardi Grabs Another Gold At London Paralympics (Speed)

“The 45-year-old Italian claimed his first gold medal in the 16-kilometer H4 Time Trial on Wednesday, and added gold in the 64-kilometer Individual H4 Road Race competition at the Brands Hatch circuit.”

Alonso fears McLaren Monza threat (BBC)

McLaren looked very strong so we need to find something extra.”

Kubica set for rally return (

“Former BMW and Renault F1 star Robert Kubica looks set to make his return to competition this weekend, with reports suggesting he will take in the Ronde Gomitolo di Lana rally in Italy.”

Whitmarsh on Hamilton’s McLaren future (

“I think Lewis is going to develop his brand and we don?t have a problem with that. We are happy with that. But first and foremost he is a race driver – and the best way to develop his brand is to win on Sunday and then win in two weeks? time and so on and so forth. First and foremost Lewis Hamilton is a world-class athlete and a race driver – and that is how we think he should develop his brand.”

Mercedes may make sense for Hamilton (The Telegraph)

David Coulthard: “We are heading for some fairly major changes in the sport. The new V6 1.6-litre engine, due to be introduced in 2014, means that it may make sense for a star such as Hamilton to align himself with a manufacturer.”

Belgium 2012 – race edit (F1)

Highlights from the Belgian Grand Prix, including Kimi Raikkonen telling his race engineer “I know what I’m doing!” after being warned about Michael Schumacher behind him.

Forza Ferrari (F1 Speedwriter)

“‘Ferrari is a disease,’ according to Scuderia Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, ‘a nasty, contagious illness. This is the most prestigious, the best known racing team in the world. For our fans Ferrari amounts to a sort of inebriation. Ferrari is so special because it provides such great emotion.'”


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  • 59 comments on “F1 will “lose several teams” if costs aren’t cut – Todt”

    1. Ferrari chief Montezemolo admits his team could pull out of Formula One

      FACEPALM. Not again, Luca. Be a man, and do it, then ! DO IT !

      1. JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III
        8th September 2012, 2:10

        You know it’s silly season when montezemolo says ferrari could leave f1.

        1. What do you expect of a team from a country who go through presidents like I do disposable lighters, its in their blood

        2. But he is right about a few things. As he states: “Formula 1 is becoming a sort of satellite, or aeroplane aerodynamic research – I want to do car research. ” .

          That is one of the funniest (and direct to the point) comments he has ever made. Furthermore, while Todt keeps talking about cost cutting, he doesn’t realise that costs are constantly being increased by rule changes. You want to cut costs, then stop introducing new rules all the time. Furthermore, he should pay more attention to what Montezemolo is saying about aeroplanes. If rules aren’t fixed ,teams will start spending more and more money on aerodynamics. And soon F1 cars will indeed look like aeroplanes.

          1. then stop introducing new rules all the time

            THe introduction of new rules is what keeps f1 interesting though. Look at the shake up the grid got in 2009, 2010 and 2011. If there were no new rule changes it would be the same Ferrari vs Mclaren battle at the front forever.

            I do agree that aero development should have some sort of capping, and more road car related development should be encouraged

            1. If there were no new rule changes it would be the same Ferrari vs Mclaren battle at the front forever.

              Exactly. For how long would people be interested in Formula 1 if the rules had been frozen at the end of the 2011 season – we’d be looking at Red Bull dominating indefinitely.

      2. Once upon a time, the thread of Ferrari withdrawing from Formula 1 was a serious threat.

        These days, it’s usually just a sign that we’re on a day of the week ending with “y”.

      3. Ferrari shud just leave if they want to . They get mmore money than any other team as they are in F1 since 1950 which makes no senses to me.

    2. So now we know what the FIA will use the 20 million Euro they want to charge the teams next year, they will use it to look for ways to lower costs for the team, well that will be worthwhile then.
      Funny how someone as successful as Luca Di Montezemolo has the same delusion as I do that F1 technology should have some relevance to improving road cars in order to justify the cost, guess we are just a couple of old out of touch dinosaurs.

      1. When people say that, they mean regular road cars, that you and me would drive every day. There are some differences between those and Ferraris. :P

        But F1 shouldn’t be about developing technologies relevant to daily life, though. It should be about developing technologies to make cars go faster and safer. Anything that happens to be applicable to road cars is a fortunate by-product.

        It’s a bit like space exploration in that regard. We don’t do it for the non-stick frying pans.

        1. The tech in a Ferrari/Mercedes road car eventually ends up in every standard road car if you haven’t noticed!?
          As for the whole cost issue, does anyone have stats on how much money F1 made in 2011 vs how much was given to the teams? And a rough idea on most team budgets?

          1. But that’s not WHY we go racing is it?

        2. But F1 shouldn’t be about developing technologies relevant to daily life, though. It should be about developing technologies to make cars go faster and safer. Anything that happens to be applicable to road cars is a fortunate by-product.

          Well, it’s not a “fortunate by-product”. Making cars go faster, more efficiently, and safely, it’s road car development too.

          Motorsport should always try to push the limits a bit, year after year. And F1 should do it more often, as it’s the pinnacle of motorsports. But I don’t know what Luca’s saying… I mean, 2.4 V8s are not the future. That’s what they’ve been doing since the car was invented: lower the capacity, make it more efficient, and bring up the power and reliability.

          I hope he’s not talking about the engines, because if he is, then his statement is plain stupid.

        3. It’s a bit like space exploration in that regard. We don’t do it for the non stick frypans.

          Or the material in our fleshlights. ;)

          Sorry, couldn’t help myself :p

        4. Yes, do not see why because this sport semmes to use 4 wheel that it must be relevant to road cars (even Ferrari).
          All electronic stuff, -the revolution in road cars that never finish- that are in the road cars are forbidden in F1 cars. Road cars become to be designed as automatic device to go from one point to the other, like train or streetcar. All aerodynanmic stuff in F1 cars do not exist in road cars, including Ferrari. All materials used in F1 cars are never used in road cars because they are 10 times more expensive. All other things are well known everywhere (liike recovery energy) . The F1 cars are “special machine” designed to go fast on a special track, there is no one piece shared with road cars. The only one motorsport does look like to do this purpose is rally cars, and we know that it is just a look like, they build a frame, use special stuff, make them look like a Citroen DS3, but no one componeent is shared too.
          When we have advertisment on F1, does it mean that the brand has a connection with the sport ? Of course not (especially tobacco, a deadly thing in totla opposition to athletic things) but people who do the ads are not stupid, they know that consummers make a connection (for example an insurance ad on the car) and it is bad because it is just a lie. The same lie that Renault wil make us believe that their uggly cars imported at 40% from low cost countries are made in France and that their technology come from F1. F1 is an ad, a simple way of communication, like everything then it is not new.

          1. All those things in road cars that are “forbidden in F1” were first developed in F1, before being forbidden because of the advantages they had, lessons learned in F1 and MotoGP were used to to make small, bulletproof, high output engines for cheap hatchbacks.

        5. But F1 shouldn’t be about developing technologies relevant to daily life, though. It should be about developing technologies to make cars go faster and safer. Anything that happens to be applicable to road cars is a fortunate by-product.

          I would say that unless a company would expect to only put money IN and nothing out, then it should use what it learns and apply it in other businesses where they can make money from it (which can then be put back to finance further racing, inclusive development) @aseixas.
          Exactly what Williams and McLaren are doing with resp. hybrid systems and their electronical products and Caterham (and Lotus before that) does with their aero department and composites arm. Sure, some use the things they learn mostly on road going cars, like Ferrari itself, or Red Bull working together with Nissan, or Renault and Mercedes (although Daimler Benz is in EADS as well), but its not the only place for using the know how.

      2. I honestly don’t think that the purpose of Ferrari in F1 is to make better hatch-backs for the M26.

        Colour me cynical, but I thought it was all about being the bestest, fastest and most of all – the most prestigious. I could be completely wrong though, and maybe all they’re working to do is better the Nissan Micra.

        Maybe old Luca is being slightly disingenuous? I know that’s a shocking thing to consider of an F1 team.

        1. Any improvements in power, reliability, and efficiency discovered by Ferrari engineers will eventually find their way into FIAT hatchbacks, Pandas don’t need downforce but they can always use more efficient , more reliable , and smaller, lighter engines.

          1. But since 2006, the engine regs were frozen; the engine you had at the end of 2006 you had until now pretty much.

          2. I think even the diffuser does get onto more and more of those super-fuel efficient cars lately, as everyone gets how having better traction and aero with low drag helps save them fuel on those.
            Didn’t Mercedes also boast about how they had been able to significantly improve the profile of their big SUV to get it from a horrible gas guzzling car towards an acceptable fuel economy?

    3. does anyone know the name of the show the video above is from ?

    4. There’s only so many times you can make the same threat and make it sound believable. Once again di Montezemolo trots out this threat whenever he doesn’t like any aspect of F1’s proposed future, major or minor.
      I’m reminded of a small child who constantly says he’ll run away from home if he doesn’t get what he wants.
      Ferrari and F1 have a near symbiotic relationship as I see it. Both can survive independent of one another, but to my mind in doing so both would become lesser creatures.

      1. All very well said!

        1. Thank you! :)

    5. davidnotcoulthard
      8th September 2012, 1:18

      at COTD: I think I sense something bad happening based on that.

    6. JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III
      8th September 2012, 2:14

      Best comment from kimi at spa.

      “engine room give me full power give me full power”
      “she canne take it cap’n!”


        i think this is what kimi wanted down the kemmel straight.

    7. I guess we have to hand it to Hamilton. The “will he / won’t he” leave McLaren story (or non story) has certainly gained him and his “brand” a lot of press recently. I’ve been a fan since his GP2 days, but for me, he’s been losing a bit of his luster. I’d actually like to see him leave McLaren, and show us what he’s really made of in terms of helping a 2nd tier team develop and become a regular visitor to the podium. Spice things up a bit! Hamilton/McLaren is getting old.

      1. I do not know if Hamilton joining a team outside the top 3 teams really spices up things. I would much rather see him in a top team battling at the front. For some reason I think the Vettel at RB, Alonso at Ferrari and Lewis at Mclaren is just a brilliant setup, as we have the 3 best drivers in the 3 best teams. I think it would be a tragedy to have a driver such as Button lead a team like Mclaren.

    8. “Costs are my main objective, because they must be lowered by a further 30 per cent in the next three years, otherwise we’ll lose several teams.”

      But if costs are cut, Red Bull will lose their competitive advantage! And that would be bad for the sport!

      1. Okay, that was weird. I appear to have been remotely possessed by the will of Christian Horner for a moment there.

    9. Pit to Kimi : Don’t ask for any more Warp 9 speeds. Our star drive is completely burned out. The only thing we have left is impulse power.

      1. Wouldn’t he just answer they get half an hour to recalibrate the blabla filters/converters?

        1. JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III
          8th September 2012, 11:51

          you mean the pulse-atronic ion spandanglers?

          1. JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III
            8th September 2012, 12:02

            well at least it wasn’t the perpendicular quartz shifter those things are a pain to rehydrogenate.

    10. Red Bull just ignore the costs agreements why bother.

      1. Only because the current system with the Resource Restriction Agreement is entirely voluntary. Jean Todt’s proposal would not only make cost-cutting mandatory, but it would give the FIA the power to police it. If a team like Red Bull were to ignore such a regulation, the FIA would be well within their rights to penalise them for it.

      2. @infi24r Got any proof of that?

    11. No they wont. I know its bit far fetched but this is to certain extend same as bailing out banks, just leave them they will adjust and know better, because top teams do not exist with out lower teams. Instead of creating artificial circus.

    12. Way to get back on the horse, Robert Kubica…

    13. Paul McCaffrey
      8th September 2012, 4:54

      Yes, I have an idea. Why not bring most of the fly away races back to Europe so the teams don’t have to fly the cars to godforsaken Abu Dhabi? Oh yes, then Bernie would not get the race fee. Screw the teams, then! When GrandAm and the American LeMans series merge, and Audi and Peugeot come back when the economy improves, those teams mentioned in the article should leave F1 and join GrandAm building Daytona/LeMans prototypes. Those cars look effin’ sweet and the racing is frickin awesome. And their is an effort at tech transfer (frickin Diesel Hybrids at LeMans, y’all).

      Bernie needs to control his greed. Look at the state of the sport. Engine development is frozen. KERS is restricted. DRS is unsporting. The cars are fugly and Alonso almost got hit in the head with one. When two cars touch, one of their wings falls off. If there were more prestigious marques and more prototype cars on the grid in Endurance sportscar racing, I’d be all over it.

      I’m still a more than casual American F1 fan, and really, it’s not because of the tech, it’s because F1 has great personalities. Alonso, Hamilton, Button, Weber, I frickin love those guys. They make the NASCAR drivers look like Honey Boo Boo children (except for JPM, he’s got diplomatic immunity).

      1. I find it incredible that you can blame Bernie for the escalating costs of the sport. Restricting the championship wto Europe will do nothing – if anything, it will encourage more spending because teams will have more money to put into development. Some of the top teams are said to be spending $200 million per year; I’ve heard rumours suggesting that Red Bull is spending almost twice that. Each team’s budget to transport themselves around the world is only a fraction of that.

        When the grid was expanded in 2010, Bernie put aside $30 million to aid the new teams in getting to every event on the calendar; each of them got $10 million to spend before they had to start raising the money themselves. Lotus (the Lotus that is now Caterham), Virgin and HRT all managed to attend every race without needing to put up any of their own money to make it to any of the Grands Prix.

        While restricting the championship to Europe and therefore cutting out the need to spend money hauling a team around the world would not doubt fit a loose definition of “cost cutting”, it is not the kind of cost cutting Jean Todt wants. He does not want penny-shaving here and there to give the illusion that Formula 1 is fiscally responsible – he wants to stop teams from spending hundreds of millions of dollars at a time.

        Once again, someone has blamed Bernie for something that he has absolutely no responsibility for and no power to influence or control. How, exactly, are the engine development freeze and restriction of KERS Bernie’s fault? He controls the commercial side of the sport, and has absolutely no say in the introduction or enforcement of the rules. How are ugly cars Bernie’s responsibility? That was a byproduct of teams looking for a loophole in the regulations for 2012, trying to find a way to keep a high monocoque but meet the demand for a low nose so that they didn’t have to give up the advantages of having a high monocoque. I’m pretty sure Bernie even commented at the start of the year that he thought the cars were ugly. And as for Alonso coming close to being hit in the head by a car, I’m fairly certain that Bernie wasn’t driving that Lotus at the time of the accident, so how on earth can you reasonably blame him for it?

        1. @prisoner-monkeys, it is true that you can’t blame Bernie for the amount of money the teams spend but you can blame Bernie for the need to restrict things like engine development because half the income FOM earns goes out of the sport to investors Bernie sold out to for $2.5 BILLION, none of which Bernie gave back to F1.
          When you say Bernie provided $30.Million for the new teams, that money was earned by the teams not by Bernie.

          1. you can blame Bernie for the need to restrict things like engine development

            Engine development was not restricted because of Bernie. Engine development was restricted because it is almost possibly to police effectly. At one point there, Mercedes were using exotic alloys based on beryllium in their cylinders to make them run smoother, and there was virtually nothing the FIA could do to enforce it because there was no way they could practically check parts of the engines. Engine costs were escalating exponentially, the gains returned were minimal at best (though just enough for manufacturers to justify the costs), and it was getting to the point where one engine would soon cost more than the GDP of Swaziland. The FIA cracked down on it because they didn’t want the sport to become unsustainable.

            When you say Bernie provided $30.Million for the new teams, that money was earned by the teams not by Bernie.

            That money – which I believe came from race sanctioning fees – was actually put aside before the FIA had accepted any grid entries, much less chosen the three teams. All the teams had to do to “earn” the money was be accepted onto the grid.

    14. Montezemolo and his meaningless rantings. It seems like its every few weeks. What purpose do they serve ? Must do wonders for morale and feelings of job security at Maranello, coming out with statements like that all the time. It totally goes against Enzo Ferrari`s ethos too, who only started selling road cars to pay for going racing ! You would think he would be in touch with the past, if not the present. I think its high time he went instead, Ferrari, and F1, would be better off without him.

    15. I wonder if we’re going to see the end of the Canadian Grand Prix in the near future.

      Just this week past, Quebec have gone through a series of general elections, and Parti Quebecois assumed power. PQ are known for their seccessionist views, calling for Quebec to break away from Canada and form its own nation. Given that Montreal is a major city in Quebec, then should Quebec secede from Canada and become independent, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve would go with it. This means that the Canadian Grand Prix would come to an end, and would potentially be replaced by the Quebecois Grand Prix (assuming the new nation can afford a race).

      Of course, this could all be years away – in order to secede from Canada, PQ would need to call a referendum, but they only have a minority government, so they would need to do a lot of work to make it happen.

      1. The French GP in exile. ?

    16. Please help…

      What exactly is it Ferrari wants changed? Have they ever said or do they always just chuck toys

      We’ve already got electric power with fuel efficient engines comming, I struggle to see what else F1 could offer the road car technolodgy

      Look at the MP4-12c, it has taken the carbon fiber monocell – ferrari could do that, it uses break steer – ferrari could do that, hell it even uses lewis’ steering wheel size – ferrari could do that ETC. ETC. ETC

      There’s nothing wrong with F1 rules, its the imagination of montezmolo and co. That is left wanting

      1. JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III
        8th September 2012, 11:37

        don’t sweat it ferrari wont leave this is pretty much lucas default press statement.

        Reporter: luca what do ferrari think of the new engine rules?
        Luca: we will leave f1!

        Reporter: luca do you think redbull is cheating the RRA?
        Luca: we will leave f1!

        Reporter: luca what did you have for lunch?
        Luca: we will leave f1!

    17. Regarding the cost cutting Autosport article, it’s good to know that Brawn considers a deal between Mercedes and FOM imminent for the Concorde Agreement. I could understand their board feeling a little disappointed by Brackley, they haven’t exactly risen to the challenge but with 2014 not far away it will do much to level the playing field for all concerned.

      Oh and it’s the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, I guess we couldn’t have expected Montezemolo to be quiet. I don’t get what he’s on about, he thought V6 was silly for F1 but now he says it needs to appeal to road car manufacturers? There is a major engine overhaul in two years time that will provide plenty of scope for development for at least a season. He’s talking for the sake of talking, with his politician hat on.

    18. Ferrari are what they are. A relatively successful staple of F1 and handful of evocative road cars for a privileged few (some love, some hate). But we need to stop looking backwards.
      Mercedes, Renault and Ford are more relevant in every respect. They represent motoring to the vast majority of the viewing audience. Their contribution can produce more tangible benefits to the ‘average person’ – be it just through marketing or actual applied technology.
      The time has come to say goodbye to the irrelevance of Ferrari. Make the series more attractive to the manufacturers that make a real difference to most of us.
      Get rid of this disillusioned ‘aristocrat’ from a bygone era and open the doors to more manufacturers from more corners of the world. [i]”Yes, the 1.6 in Hamilton/Alonso/Räikkönen/Vettel’s car is the very basis of the one you may drive to work on Monday.”[/i]
      The series expands, becomes more competitive, other major manufactures join. Including representatives from Japan, Korea, USA, (India, Brazil etc…) because the series no longer has to cater for this single anachronistic irrelevant red sports car. It becomes the stage where the worlds finest engineering teams compete for [i]your[/i] dollar on a Monday morning.

    19. As far as Mr. di Montezemolo comments are concerned, I believe that this is just an applied pressure to FIA and FOTA to make F1 more technological. F1 can’t exist without Ferrari and Ferrari can’t exist without F1. And both sides, know it.

      1. @dimitris-1395

        F1 can’t exist without Ferrari and Ferrari can’t exist without F1. And both sides, know it.

        Do they?

        It seems that Luca di Montezemolo threatens to have Ferrari withdraw from the sport every time he is unhappy with proposed rule changes (which is all the time) because he seems to think he can scare the Powers That Be into abandoning certain ideas. It’s going to get to the point where the FIA is going to say “You know what? If you’re so unhappy, just go.” and I can’t say they’d be wrong to do it because sometimes I get the distinct impression that Luca di Montezemolo isn’t really representing Ferrari when he makes these threats – I think he might be representing Luca di Montezemolo. He has very little to do with the actual running of the team these days, and it is known that he is looking at a move into politics. I get the feeling that when Luca makes these sweeping declarations, he hasn’t consulted Ferrari at all, and is instead just looking to draw attention to his position.

        Whatever the case, he makes these threats so often and is so quick to make them that they’ve lost all meaning.

        1. JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III
          8th September 2012, 11:25


          Whats more the chairman of ferrari (luca) doesn’t call the shots anyway they are run by fiat so i’m not even sure he would be able to make that decision certainly not on his own.

      2. Why can’t F1 survive without Ferrari? It has survived without Chapman’s Lotus, Brabham, Tyrrell. Williams and Benetton were on top in the mid 90’s and F1 has survived. Toyota, BMW and Honda have come and gone too

      3. Maybe if he had lobbied for the 2014 changes to include a return of somehow standardised under-body aero (venturi-tunnel ed) in return for banning of most of the wing like stuff instead of being a leading part in the drive not to change all that much and retain DRS that teams had in response to the FIA’s original plans.

        1. …. missed the rest of my post: if so, I’d take his words a bit more serious, now it seems pretty silly. (Ferrari changing mind? hm, I guess it can happen, better late then never?).

    20. Kubica said in a short interview during the rally that his goal is to be back in F1 in 2014, yet he doesn’t know if it is possible. So 2013 is out of the question, probably some intense rallying and more rehabilitation.

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