Brawn says no difference if F1 budgets were slashed by half
24 November, 2013
Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn has suggested that even if drastic cost cutting was to be applied in Formula 1, the sport would carry on regardless.
Speaking in Brazil, Brawn said, “We all have to remember that if we cut the budgets in half we would still go racing. It’s the standards of which we want to go racing that causes the pressure on the budget.”
“It’s not that there’s insufficient money, it’s the fact that we all want to compete at the highest possible standard, and that means that we push the budgets as hard as we can. If everybody’s budget tomorrow was reduced by 50 percent, it wouldn’t make any difference,” ventured Brawn.
The team boss, who was a vital part of Ferrari’s huge success a decade ago and in 2009 took his eponymous Brawn GP team to the World titles, pointed out, “It wasn’t so many years ago that we were able to come to every race at every track with reliable cars for half of what we are spending now. That’s the nature of Formula 1.”
As for the big budget increases for the new V6 turbo era which comes into effect for 2014, Brawn predicted, “I think it is [going to be] challenging next year.”
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