x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Mosley urges teams to drive down costs

The FIA president has called on teams to cut costs and improve racing because he feels F1 is becoming "unsustainable".

The FIA president Max Mosley has called on teams to make proposals to cut costs.
The FIA president Max Mosley has called on teams to make proposals to cut costs.

The FIA president Max Mosley has called on teams to make proposals to cut costs and improve racing because he feels Formula One is becoming "unsustainable". He wants them to drive down the cost of running manufacturer teams by at least 50 per cent and improve the fuel efficiency of cars. Mosley's message before Sunday's British Grand Prix and he has set a deadline of October 3 for the submission of proposals with the new rules to be introduced at the start of the 2011 season. In a letter, he said: "Formula One is becoming unsustainable. The major manufacturers are currently employing up to 1,000 people to put two cars on the grid. This is clearly unacceptable at a time when all these companies are facing difficult market conditions. "Also, with attention on problems worldwide, Formula One cannot afford to be profligate in its use of fuel." The FIA has already set out part of its green initiative with the planned phased introduction of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). It will channel energy generated under braking into batteries which can then be used to power the cars. Mosley is looking for a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption by 2011, "progressing to 50 per cent in 2015". "Without the KERS initiative, some major sponsors might have already left," he added. "This matter is now urgent. "We need proposals that we can turn into detailed rules. These must be ready within three months and have the support of at least the majority of teams, failing which the FIA will itself prepare new rules for 2011."