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Whitmarsh urges FIA make a call on cost cutting in Formula 1

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McLaren team Principal warns immediately FIA to take decision on cost control in Formula 1 otherwise the consequences will terrible if spending is allowed to get out of control.

“All of the teams have signed an RRA which is legally binding, but it is difficult to enforce it between ourselves other than morally,” he told Autosport.

“And I have to say that every team looks me in the eyes and says it is operating within it. Maybe I am much too naive to be in F1 because I like to believe that people are telling me the truth. So, I don’t get as excited about it.

“But the question now is how do we raise the level of confidence in the policing of it? The FIA has to make a decision about whether or when it gets involved in the policing of an RRA and some people don’t welcome that.

“But it would be irresponsible if we don’t maintain a control of costs in F1 because I am an F1 fan, I love the sport, I consider myself to be a reasonable businessman and if I look down beyond the top four teams I struggle to find a sustainable business model. And that worries me.” He added.

“We are complacent now we have got 12 teams – but that can change overnight,” he said. “You don’t want to wait until after the dominoes start to fall to suddenly say we better do something.

“Although crisis is sometimes the best way to galvanise and focus opinion, it is much better to say let’s try and avoid the crisis and work harder so we have achieved a lot so far – and it will be a never ending process.”

“What we cannot afford is for the sport to become a completely unfettered spend fest. That gives no prospect to the small teams of surviving and it gives no prospect to new teams coming in. We owe it to show constraint.” added Whitmarsh.


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