I’ve been considering over the last couple of days quite what the options for F1 are around filling the grid and as well as putting my own thoughts down I’ve asked a few people to give their views too (coming up over the next week or so).
It is fair to say the FIA seem to be powerless and lacking influence under Todt to the point we only ever really hear from Charlie nowadays. I can’t imagine Max would fever have been so invisible at a key time.
It strikes me that F1 could react in 3 different ways to the loss of Marussia and Caterham – although I personally hope both might find a way to continue against the odds.
3 car teams
This seems like the preferred option for Bernie and would result in Ferrari and Redbull running three cars.
I’m strongly against this idea, unless cars were banned from constructor points and drivers had to be juniors.
What sort of credibility would F1 have if you had 3 Redbulls on the podium dream on Christian) and one didn’t score points.
Another ill conceived idea in my view, purely designed to stop the triggering of the penalty clauses in commercial deals.
Allowing Customer chassis run by independant teams
If a new team were allowed (effectively how Ligier in the 90s and Toro Rosso more recently have done to some extent) to run an at least 1 year old chassis from a larger team, plus the option to tweak aero etc, that might allow a lower base spend to become sustainable.
But why they when Dave Richards pitched the idea was that not allowed?
Better revenue share/aiding smaller teams
Take a sport like the NFL and look at how the revenue from commercial deals is shared.
The great majority of revenue is shared equally, and the draft system allows flexibility are refreshing of the chance to succeed.
Is that completely impossible to achieve in F1?
This sport is currently a loaded deck – the larger teams have an advantage that is inbuilt in their financing. Why shouldn’t F1 have a base payment that is equal (say 40m) then have the majority of the rest shared based upon success.
Redbull and Ferrari seriously expect the sport to fund most of their spend then complain at the first instance of anyone doing a better job. Redbull have spent some 800 million in recent times on F1 – staggering….
Where is the capping of engine costs for customer teams. The technology is great, but an extra option from a Cosworth or similar (someone who can actually develop to a reasonable budget) would greatly ease the funding squeeze.
How many times in the NFL or Basketball to you see previously I fancied teams have a spell of success.
That brings more supporter engagement and reinvigorates their support.
Coming up over the next few days will be some additional comment from a wide range of fans, those in the sport etc to see what they’d like to see.
That is why the blog is called If I was Bernie after all..
What do you think out there?