Sauber rejects Friday parc ferme proposal
26 July, 2012
Auto Motor und Sport reports that one cost-cutting suggestion from a top team is that mechanics and engineers be forbidden from working on the cars on a Friday outside of the 180-minute practice period.
The apparent logic is that, just as no work is allowed in the ‘parc ferme’ period between qualifying and the race, the extended rule could reduce the size of the race teams from 60 to 50 people.
But AM&S notes that the ‘small’ teams have rubbished the idea, claiming that they need Fridays to test new parts and do not enjoy all the high-tech simulation facilities that the bigger teams have back at their bases.
Sauber team manager Beat Zehnder suggested the plan isn’t even necessary.
“We were at Hockenheim with 47 people, and tested quite normally,” he said. “I don’t know why the big teams need 60 people.”
AM&S also revealed that proposals to designate Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes, Lotus and Williams as the exclusive suppliers of customer cars to the rest of the field are now definitely dead.
The report said that because some of the smaller teams threatened to take the proposal to European court, the new Concorde Agreement will continue to disallow the sale of the monocoque, suspension, nose and other fundamental areas of the cars.
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