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Todt lining up cost control push as Marussia and Caterham escape FIA penalty

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Todt lining up cost control push as Marussia and Caterham escape FIA penalty
Oct 31, 2014, 6:13 PM

A statement from the FIA regarding the absence Marussia and Caterham teams from this weekend's US Grand Prix has highlighted the question of "sport...

A statement from the FIA regarding the absence Marussia and Caterham teams from this weekend's US Grand Prix has highlighted the question of "sporting equity" and "economic balance" in F1 and suggests that the federation's president Jean Todt is lining up a fresh push on cost control.

Both teams have been found in breach of FIA regulations by the stewards of the USGP in Austin but have not incurred a penalty.

Following suggestions last week that Bernie Ecclestone had given a dispensation to Caterham to miss the next two races and confirmation from the F1 promotions boss on Saturday that both squads would miss this weekend's 17th round of the series, the FIA stewards in Texas confirmed that both teams are in breach but decided to be lenient in light of their financial difficulties.

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"Having considered the requirements of article 13 of the 2014 Formula 1 sporting regulations, in particular article 13.2 (f), and the entry form lodged with and accepted by the FIA in accordance with appendix 2 of the sporting regulations, the stewards decide that [the teams are] in breach of the regulations.

"In view of the team's current financial circumstances, the stewards also decide to not impose any penalty.

"Because of the particular nature of the breach, the matter is referred to the attention of the FIA president."

Looking ahead, the FIA has reiterated that it is looking to find "Any initiative that will help reduce costs in order to ensure the survival of the existing grid and attract potential new entrants.

"As such the FIA in close co-operation with FOM and the different stakeholders in F1, will continue to work towards maintaining the attraction of the championship and the equitable participation of the teams in the years to come."

The use of the terms "sporting equity" and "economic balance" are interesting as they hint at the question of fairness at a time when the distribution of the sport's commercial revenues, heavily weighted towards teams like Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes and McLaren is under scrutiny.

Income is one key aspect of financial sustainabiity, but outgoings are the other. Since it became clear that the successor to the Resource Restriction Agreement was not going to be actioned, the sport has been in limbo on meaningful cost control. Some measures, like restrictions in wind tunnel use, have had a small effect, but the introduction of the hybrid turbo power units doubled the cost of engines and spending has gone unchecked at the front of the grid. Former FIA president Max Mosley has again called for a cost cap, but is there any more willingness on the part of the teams to engage with this idea than when it was last attempted in 2009?

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This afternoon in Austin the press conference of team principals is likely to feature discussion about cost control and whether this time there is a sufficient mood of unity among teams, FIA and FOM to address cost control.

Meanwhile Saturday's qualifying system has been altered as expected so that four cars will be eliminated in each of the first and second parts of the session.

With the grid reduced to 18 cars and Sebastian Vettel apparently committed to starting from the pitlane the stewards have opted to avoid a scenario where two cars were dropped after Q1 and then five from Q2.

Instead, four (including, presumably, Vettel) will step out after Q1 and four more from Q2 followed by the traditional ten-car shoot out.
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