Gian Carlo Minardi comments on the leave of the scene of Honda The Formula 1 season had started with yet another alarm bell due to the exorbitant costs of the highest car series: the victim, the latest arrival at the great circus, or the...
Gian Carlo Minardi comments on the leave of the scene of Honda
The Formula 1 season had started with yet another alarm bell due to the exorbitant costs of the highest car series: the victim, the latest arrival at the great circus, or the Japanese team Super Aguri. 2008 is being concluded with the departure of the scene of a major manufacturer like Honda bringing to 9 the number of teams for next season.
"Several times in the meetings I stressed that it was very dangerous to put your hand to the Formula large manufacturers, though certainly the one side could be very beautiful and interesting" starts to comment Gian Carlo Minardi, founder of F1 team views that more than 20 years has calcato motodromes the most important worldwide with his Minardi team "There was the risk of reliving the same scenario experienced by the rally in the 90s, when the absence important case, there were few participants and a few pilots important. We hope that the decision of a board of directors imported such as Honda does not go to undermine that of other car manufacturers who look with budgets greater interest than the sport. In a board of directors are to take many decisions and not necessarily all have the same priorities and are attracted to the sport. The Honda, however, is ready to make major sacrifices if someone were to bring forward to save the team. It was read that the savings from the world would amount to 420 million dollars and, to date, we can not spend more to address these figures a season, especially if the fund takes care of the deployment. In these days there will be the world where the council Fota submit documentation to try to lower costs will be important to proceed in stages, as was done for safety where, having started in 1994, we managed to reach a satisfactory level.
Must work to bring the team on the planet earth "so that they are not composed of hundreds and hundreds of people trying to get to the budgets that allow the participation of both manufacturers and the private team .. A decade ago, the teams were also eighteen, but at the moment only nine have become all the team individuals are discovered one after the other and when they sought help were never heard. At that time the problem existed, or was not perceived, because both manufacturers were doing their input. Today however the free team (Williams, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Force India ..) are less at risk because they have behind them an owner, but what you have to do with a car come into play other interests and problems: If we listened to those who suffered and who screamed in pain maybe we would not have reached this point, despite this major global economic crisis.
Another very important aspect to consider in managing a team of staff and thus the number of salaries to be paid: the Minardi team was able to go on for over 20 years because it could build a car in his Formula 1 to design 100% within the company with 100-110 people. In this way even in difficult times - and were very many - you could manage the situation and move forward, but when salaries by pulling out each month is between 500-700 significantly change the situation just a crisis of three months to let you sink. Several times the team had emphasized these private aspects, but without results, and so we came to today, where a car closes its doors from morning to evening.
With the departure of scene Jenson Button's team is back on the market and, certainly, as a pilot English might affect a few stable, although now only a few seats available, while Rubens games believe they are finished. Certainly not an end 2008 and start of a new year easy for the world.
To date we have 18 cars and contracts of FOA speaks of at least 16 cars: in the contract that Gian Carlo Minardi had signed - and I think that is still active - in this issue remaining teams undertook to put on track a third car. To date this risk then there is no
Finally we hope that you take the last ways of lowering the costs clearly: we must begin to see results. The important thing, though certainly not going to be easy, you try to find the rules to decrease the number of personnel "