Sauber suggests 'from the rack' cars

Peter Sauber has suggested that teams could buy their chassis from a single supplier to drastically cut the costs involved in Formula One. The Swiss team owner thinks that fans would also benefit from the idea as the on-track action would be more...

Peter Sauber has suggested that teams could buy their chassis from a single supplier to drastically cut the costs involved in Formula One. The Swiss team owner thinks that fans would also benefit from the idea as the on-track action would be more competitive. Driving skills would be very much to the fore with the cars all the same and financial savings for teams would be large.

"Formula One could save drastically without the public noticing it. To the contrary, the fans would profit from it," Sauber told Die Welt. "With cars from the rack, the budget would only be a third or a fourth of what it is now. What speaks against each team buying its cars from a supplier like Lola and then sticking their own sponsor logos on it?"

"The whole development costs would be eliminated, furthermore the driving skills would become more important again, as the level of the cars would be the same."

US racing series such as CART and IRL use a similar system, with limited different chassis' made by race-car manufacturers available for teams to use. However, the idea of a same-chassis rule for F1 is unlikely to meet with approval as developing and building a car is a major challenge many teams enjoy. Also, some would say that F1's prestige as the pinnacle of motorsports would disappear if it was reduced to a same-make chassis series.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Peter Sauber
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