Major changes ahead for Formula One with cost caps and simpler engines
London — On Friday, Formula One (F1) presented teams with a vision for the sport after 2021 that included cheaper and simpler power units, the implementation of a cost cap and more balanced distribution of revenues.
F1 published a five-point plan, outlining key initiatives put to teams ahead of opening practice for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
The meeting had been anxiously awaited, with Ferrari — the sport’s oldest and most successful team — repeatedly warning since last year that they could ultimately walk away from the sport if they did not like what was on offer.
F1 said future power units (PU) needed to be "cheaper, simpler, louder, have more power and reduce the necessity of grid penalties". The engines must also remain road-relevant for manufacturers, and hybrid, with the rules making it attractive for new entrants.
On costs, F1 said that "how you spend the money must be more decisive and important than how much money you spend". It gave no details about any cap, however. "The new revenue distribution criteria must be more balanced, based on meritocracy of the current performance and reward success for the teams and the commercial rights holder."
F1 said overtaking opportunities needed to be increased and driver skill needed to be the "predominant factor" in the car’s performance. While cars must remain different from each other, areas not relevant to fans needed to be standardised.
Governance of the sport also needed to be simple and streamlined. "We are driven by one desire: to create the world’s leading sporting brand," said F1 chairman Chase Carey. "Fan-centred, commercially successful, profitable for our teams, and with technological innovation at its heart."