Teams must agree to cost-cutting rules - Todt

"Most of the teams had agreed, but now I do not understand why the six members of the Strategy Group are opposed" - Jean Todt .

Teams must agree to cost-cutting rules - Todt

May 7 (GMM) Jean Todt insists his hands are tied after F1's most powerful teams vetoed the move to a budget cap for 2015.

It has been suggested former FIA president Max Mosley, whose antagonistic approach stands in stark contrast to the low-profile Frenchman Todt, would have found a way to force the teams to embrace the cost-cutting crisis.

But Todt told Italy's Autosprint he was powerless to interfere with F1's clear processes for approving rules.

The first calls in 2014 were for tweaks to this year's radical rules, featuring controversial fuel saving and quiet turbo V6 engines.

"First, I do not have the power to change the regulations," he said.

"And if I did, perhaps by doing what (Ferrari president Luca) di Montezemolo desired, can you imagine what the reaction would be?

"My job is to ensure the sport is administered in the right way. Then, as we know, discontent was expressed, but as so often happens, those who complain are much louder than those who are satisfied.

"This is a world of competition, where those who do not win usually complain," Todt smiled. "It has been like that forever.

"But this year there is a new decision-making body, the Strategy Group."

Todt wanted the group - comprising top teams Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus and Williams - to follow through with their earlier acceptance of a budget cap for 2015 and beyond.

The group, however, ultimately vetoed the change, to the fury of the embattled smaller teams.

"I am convinced that F1 is far too expensive, and that something should absolutely be done," said Todt.

"But for us, as the governing body, we have more or less zero influence as to the costs.

"But I feel that we do have a responsibility to intervene in this environment, because the bigger teams are taking the lion's share of sponsorships.

"I did not believe that we could control costs with a cap," the former Ferrari boss admitted, "but I told the teams 'If you show that it is feasible, I'll be happy to impose a limit'.

"Most of the teams had agreed, but now I do not understand why the six members of the Strategy Group are opposed.

"Am I disappointed? Yes, in a sense I am, because now it will be more difficult to achieve the reduction goal. We will have to do it through the technical and sporting regulations."

Todt revealed that the FIA has already prepared a "dossier" of various rule-change proposals, that will "reduce the gap between the large and small teams" without affecting the spectators.

"We need to start something already in 2015," he insisted, "through the Strategy Group and the F1 Commission. Overall we have 18 votes, so if there are nine or more then it will work. Otherwise it will not (pass)."

shares
comments
2014 wins 'not easy' for Ferrari - Maldonado

Previous article

2014 wins 'not easy' for Ferrari - Maldonado

Next article

Stewart, Prost moved from front of Senna's coffin

Stewart, Prost moved from front of Senna's coffin
Load comments
Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner Prime

Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner

Stepping up to F1 in 1962, Jo Siffert shone with Rob Walker Racing Team and BRM before his career was abruptly ended in a fatal crash at Brands Hatch in 1971. Kevin Turner looks back at the life of Switzerland's first F1 winner on the 50th anniversary of his death

What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat Prime

What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat

OPINION: Max Verstappen is back in the lead of the 2021 Formula 1 drivers’ championship, with the season’s final flyaway events set to get underway in the USA this weekend. But a defensive stance he’s recently adopted could have a lasting impact for the Red Bull driver when it comes to his chances of defeating Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes

The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest Prime

The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest

Despite appearing to adjust to life as a Ferrari driver with relative ease, it was far from straightforward under the surface for Carlos Sainz. But, having made breakthroughs in rather different routes at the Russian and Turkish races, he’s now targeting even greater feats for the rest of the Formula 1 season

Formula 1
Oct 20, 2021
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Prime

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Tim Wright.

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021
Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Prime

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? Stuart Codling talks to the man in charge.

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Prime

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Prime

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers Prime

How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021