F1 customer car cost benefits overblown, says Tost

Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost believes customer cars will not deliver as dramatic a cost saving to Formula 1 as some believe.

F1 customer car cost benefits overblown, says Tost
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10
Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal
Max Verstappen, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10
(L to R): Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal with Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport F1 Managing Director
Max Verstappen, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10
Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Toro Rosso

With F1's biggest teams currently evaluating a way for customer cars to work in the future if needed, Tost says he is sceptical about the overall benefits.

For although there is no doubt it would save smaller teams expenditure in terms of design and construction, there would still be a price to pay for purchasing a car from a big rival.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, Tost said: “It would for sure be a good way to start for a team coming in to F1, like was the case with Toro Rosso.

“Currently I have a little bit the feeling that people underestimate the costs for a customer team because it is not as cheap as they all think.

“If you want to be a competitive customer team then you will need to buy from a top team. And they will be working at a high level, not just from the technical side but also from the financial side.

"It will be quite expensive; it will not be for nothing.”

Around half of the top teams' budget

With costs so high at the moment, Tost does not believe that a customer outfit would be able to operate at much less than half the budget of the big teams.

“On one side it will be cheaper because you don't have complete costs for R&D, for wind tunnels and all this kind of stuff,” he said.

“But you have to build the parts, and this costs money. 

"I think it would be around 40-50 percent of the [top teams'] budget.”

Interview by Oleg Karpov

shares
comments
Canada a litmus test for fuel flow trickery

Previous article

Canada a litmus test for fuel flow trickery

Next article

Verstappen puts "biggest career crash" behind him

Verstappen puts "biggest career crash" behind him
Load comments
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Prime

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says Stuart Codling.

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Prime

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences.

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Prime

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Prime

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Prime

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1's elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he's recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Italian Grand Prix driver ratings

Two drivers produced faultless performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left many to rue what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo would have won without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Prime

Why Ricciardo would have won without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates Prime

Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates

For the second time in 2021, McLaren will line up for the start of a grand prix from the first row. It knows it has the chance of "glory" if things go well for Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris at the start of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, but even if they just maintain their grid positions, signs from the rest of the Monza weekend suggest success is very possible for Formula 1's other orange army

Formula 1
Sep 12, 2021