I’m very grateful to readers for all their interesting comments. We have a very high level of debate going on here.
We’ve had 86 comments already on the FOTA story and plenty on the new teams story as well. It seems to be really energising people and getting them thinking.
There seems to be a really interesting divide between people who cannot imagine F1 changing from what it is now with the teams we have now and people, perhaps with longer memories, who kind of hanker after the uncomplicated, bare knuckle F1 of the old days, which may or ay not be delivered by the budget cap plan and the teams it seems to be attracting. I still think that F1 will be too difficult for all but a tiny handful of these teams who have entered for next year. Just building a car is hard enough let alone a competitive one..
I’ve picked out one comment, which is written by an F1 insider, someone who works for one of the teams. His screen name is Fanatic and he makes some very valid points.
“With all the arguments for and against the cap most people are looking at this through the window of there tv’s.
As somebody who has worked in the sport for a number of years and has worked from small teams through to a major manufacturer team if you were to see it from the inside you could see that the sport cannot be justified at the spending levels.
The amount of cash at these big teams is obscene compared to the smaller teams, we’ve all ready got a 2 tear system due to cash flow alone which people seem to be missing in all this.
Brawn are good this year but there car was developed by honda and the use of 4 wind tunnels across the globe and masses of development and cash. Not to take anything away from brawn, but if it it was down to there budget alone i am pretty certain it wouldn’t be where it is today as the rate of development is down to how much cash and facilities you have to push your designs.
For the sport and the ability for all teams to compete on a level playing field the budget cap is the best thing for F1, look at all the new teams that are looking to get in? it stirs excitment in an industry which was looking down in the recession, small new teams with that personal touch not 800 staff ‘factories’ pushing out 5 cars a season. Who would have thought of all these new entries 2 months ago?
Perhaps i’ve talked myself out of a job when this is all done and wrapped up on June the 12th? whatever happens i’m sure common sense in a world which seems to have lost it will prevail!”
Thanks for taking part, Fanatic.