FIA introduced £40m budget cap, increased maximum number of cars to 26, banned refuelling

Short while ago FIA published decisions taken by the World Motor Sport Council yesterday:

2010 FIA Formula One World Championship

Applications to compete in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship are to be submitted to the FIA during the period 22-29 May 2009. Teams must state in their application whether they wish to compete under cost-cap regulations.

The maximum number of cars permitted to enter the Championship has been increased to 26, two being entered by each competitor.

The FIA will publish the list of cars and drivers accepted on 12 June 2009, having first notified unsuccessful applicants.

So far USGP, iSport, Lola and Prodrive expressed their interest in entering Formula 1.


Cost Cap Regulations

From 2010, all teams will have the option to compete with cars built and operated within a stringent cost cap.

The cost cap for 2010 will be £40m per annum. This figure will cover all team expenditure except:

Marketing and hospitality;
Remuneration for test or race drivers, including any young driver programmes;
Fines or penalties imposed by the FIA;
Engine costs (for 2010 only);
Any expenditure which the team can demonstrate has no influence on its performance in the Championship;
Dividends (including any tax thereon) paid from profits relating to participation in the Championship.

In addition to the payments which it already makes to the top ten teams in the Championship, Formula One Management, the commercial rights holder, has agreed to offer participation fees and expenses to the new teams. This includes an annual payment of US$10 million to each team plus free transportation of two chassis and freight up to 10,000 kg in weight (not including the two chassis) as well as 20 air tickets (economy class) for each round trip for events held outside Europe.

To be eligible for this, each new team must qualify as a “Constructor” and demonstrate that it has the necessary facilities, financial resources and technical competence to compete effectively in Formula One.

To enable these cars to compete with those from teams which are not subject to cost constraints, the cost-capped cars will be allowed greater technical freedom.

The principal technical freedoms allowed are:

1. Movable wings, front and rear.
2. An engine which is not subject to a rev limit.

The teams will also be allowed unlimited out-of-season track testing with no restrictions on the scale and speed of wind tunnel testing.

Changes applicable to all teams

It was confirmed that from 2010, refuelling during a race will be forbidden in order to save the costs of transporting refuelling equipment and increase the incentive for engine builders to improve fuel economy (to save weight).

It was also confirmed that tyre blankets will be banned and that the ban on other tyre-heating devices will be maintained.

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  1. psychyNo Gravatar says:

    @F1WOLF

    What do you think about it? Will it be attractive enough for the big teams like ferrari?

    But what about the engines, will it be allowed to make further developments? I mean you can’t just increase the rev and hoping the engine will stand it.

    lots going on :-)

    • JRNo Gravatar says:

      “Will it be attractive enough for the big teams like ferrari?”

      Of course it will be. Ferrari makes the sport. The only other place they compete seriously is in GT with F430s. Whatever was said in public, behind closed doors, Ferrari would have had to have signed on. Without Ferrari, F1 is just Indycars.

  2. IncabulosNo Gravatar says:

    OMG… Sounds like a tester. This can’t be true

  3. psychyNo Gravatar says:

    seems there are more stuff for the budget teams concerning KERS:
    120 instead of 60 kW (that are 164 hp!!!)
    800 kJ for each lap (instead of 400 kj)
    you can use KERS also with the front wheels!
    restriction: no use of KERS when > 300km/h

    and something for all: minimum weight will be increased to 620 kg (instead of 600).

    is there a winning change for no budget teams?

    • JRNo Gravatar says:

      311 km/hr is the fastest these cars ever go, so that’s not that big a deal.

      • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

        That’s because the enormous wings which the cars use, top-speeds have been reduced considerably with aerodynamics for a better cornering speed. Anyway, the reductions in aerodynamics since now won’t make it able to run super-fast speeds again, the interest in the better the lap times (and more efficient cornering) will keep there anyway for always.

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  4. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    Refuel ban… Don’t know if I can agree with that, but seems we have to… :( And also with the most-race-winner becomes the Champion. Well, this all makes a big reference to the Scorpions “Winds of Change” But waht I do not like and accept is the possibility of having 2 different kind of cars on the track, this could be a very annoying thing for the fans.

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  5. TimmieNo Gravatar says:

    FIA have taken a better step in the right direction, for once.

    Not perfect yet, but better than previous drafts of rules they have offered.

    I agree with Kotenok that it should be all manufactures agreed upon or delay it a year and force everyone to play by those rules. Don’t think it can work having a two-tiered championship. Would just be weird!

    Still don’t agree with the points system of most wins gets the drivers championship. And the way this year is going so far, it may be a perfect example of why it shouldn’t be introduced.

    Refuelling, well i can survive without it, and if it forces teams to better develop fuel economy then so be it. Especially when it means that cars in qualifying will be racing as light as possible reflecting a “proper” starting grid of fastest on pole, yay!

    As of now with the two-options, i don’t see any existing team signing up, though all will consider it very highly. I think the cap could be just a little higher and it would sell to them all instantly (say $50 million?).

    New teams may really turn up next year, which is a bonus for fans, and they will all definitely only sign up under a budget cap so that could be where they are at and in thinking, this may benefit existing teams to see how the rules work and then let them jump on th bandwagon for 2011. Though i still believe this should be a one or the other choice.

    All in all, FIA are actually making a better go at this budget cap and are giving teams good reasons to sign up. Still not perfect and a few more things that need to be worked out but definitely can’t argue that its such a terrible idea as it was when they originally came out with the idea now can we?

  6. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    I do not like the idea of 2 tier championship either but perhaps this is the way to prove to the big spenders that F1 can be done on reasonable budget. I think that the 2 tier championship will not last for too long. It will take only few seasons for the things to settle down. Some of the big teams simply will not be able to justify the big expenditures when at the same time other teams run at half the cost or less, especially if those running under the budget cap regs actaully start making money out of F1. It is hard to say how much will for example the unrestricted rev engine help to compensate for some aero defficiencies, but if the budget cap teams also end up relatively competitive what would be the point to go on burning 200+ mil per season. The manufacturers will also have one extra option – instead of pulling out they can now decide to operate under the budget cap.

    On the other hand hopefuly FIA will also tweak the budget cap regs from season to season and will get to one acceptable to everybody.

    I think some of the current teams (Williams, Force India, perhaps Brawn) may simply have to decide to opt for the budget cap. I also would not be surprised if Toro Rosso does the same and so will very likely do all the new teams.

  7. IncabulosNo Gravatar says:

    What everyone seems to forget is that new rules means development, and development means spending money.

    So are constant rule changes really the way to solve the spending problem? Not in my book.

    If money is the issue, perhaps we should start looking at the money issue, instead of changing the rules of the game.

    One thing that springs to my mind is the infamous concorde agreement. Has it been a fair money split all the way, and for all parties?

    • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

      Then teams should decide in which way develop and in what invest, the next pair of years for sure KERS will take much of their amount, and maybe then engines will begin to evolve. In terms of performance, the budget cap mean a “new” rule of pragmatism, only invest in what you really need and what you think that will make your team better. The development wιill happen, but with several limitations, due the maximum budget allowed teams will have to focus in a top-down pyramid which concentrates their priorities.

      Concorde Agreement, it’s clear who signed in at time and who didn’t want. And it’s clear that not many wished that the F1 stays like it was. Money revenues which offers the “new” Concorde Agreement, lately discussed in Geneva, interests to some F1 teams which seek to save the business. But itself, the agreement isn’t yet real and is not wanted unanimously, only they may know why and that’s one of my questions in the air, the agreement may offer a bigger part of the cake, but that may just be a bonus for sign it down.

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  8. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    There are a ton of loopholes in all this. I think you may be surprised by the teams that agree to follow the cap.

    1. Engine Costs outside the cap. That gives a lot of freedom to the big spendors.
    2. Driver’s Costs – the big teams can continue to hire the very best drivers, which will make a huge difference.

    If I were Ferrari, McLaren, Toyota…I would start spending like crazy on aero packages and make sure I had the very best drivers on my team (at whatever cost it takes). Spend tons this year developing next years car, so that when the season ends, you have already done most of the work.

    Then the season ends, the new cap takes hold…and you cut spending on limited items and begin spending like crazy on the engine. With all this, you get moveable wings and unlimited revs.

    The more I have given thought to the drivers championship decided on wins, I like it. It makes for the possibility of many drivers being in position to win it all at the last few races.

  9. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    This is a very difficult project to do that way, even for F1. The engineers already struggle to work in a development project and the first steps of production of one car. When the F1 teams are working at the present car, making the proper updates, while doing the future car and keep mistaking somehow the data and throwing away months of hard work, I can’t see how they can make it that way…. Anyway, you gave a good spot of the rules and possible loopholes which could play in favor of the teams ambitions, and I think that possibly they could search it, as you mean this is quite obvious. My question is, FIA demands that those who decides to join the budget cap, needs to make it official in advance this year. So, won’t this mean that the budget regulations begin since then? Well, somehow this should be controlled or easily could happen what you explained us. I believe this is a difficult work indeed, trying to build a puzzle with blind eyes, pieces may match but colors could not be together… But isn’t there an outfit brand which means “Impossible is nothing”?

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