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 (Crash.net)

“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 (F1.com)

“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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@Cduk_Mugello on Eddie Jordan’s clearance sale:

I think this is really sad. He?s selling his genuine trophies? Like Monza ’99? These were won through determination and hard work, and I think it?s very bizarre that he would want to frivolously sell them. Does he need the money? I?m led to believe not, I think he has money in property etc…

But not only is he selling trophies he?s won, he?s selling personal gifts from drivers too. Like the Schumacher helmet, with it?s personalised message on. For me, it?s akin to selling a letter someone writes you. I would?ve hoped that Eddie Jordan would attach more sentiment to them than this.

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

  1. tweedledee said on 8th September 2012, 8:10

    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

    • JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III said on 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!

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 8th September 2012, 8:29

    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.

  3. pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 8th September 2012, 9:37

    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.

  4. Dimitris 1395 (@dimitris-1395) said on 8th September 2012, 9:48

    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.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 8th September 2012, 10:09


      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.

      • JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III said on 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.

    • foleyger (@foleyger) said on 8th September 2012, 10:17

      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

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 8th September 2012, 10:31

      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.

      • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 8th September 2012, 10:33

        …. 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?).

  5. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 8th September 2012, 12:06

    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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