Briatore Takes a Hit at FIA's Budget Cap

After Luca di Montezemolo, another representative of the Formula One Teams Association expressed his shock when hearing about the voluntary budget cap revealed by the World Motor Sport Council for 2010. Renault's Flavio Briatore said he didn't expect for such a radical decision from the FIA, especially since all F1 teams have significantly reduced their spending for 2009.

More than that, the controversial Italian team manager insisted the international body did not consult with the FOTA before making their minds about the budget caps. According to Briatore, only a good collaboration between the FIA and the FOTA could lead to the spending in Formula 1 going down in the future.

“It was a bit of a shock. I believe all the parties need to be working together to achieve a target. The financial crisis makes everyone worried and we need Formula 1 to be more efficient but sometimes we are not happy with the sentences that are imposed,” said Briatore in an interview for BBC.

“I believe the teams have already done an incredible job for 2009 and 2010, and now we're ready to go further but we need to continue working together with the federation. With this we really need to sit down together and understand it, because the teams have already done a big job to reduce the costs,” added the Italian.

Under the new FIA rules – that are to be implemented in 2010 – a team will be allowed to submit for a voluntary budget cap of £30 million for an entire season, being offered total technical freedom by the FIA in exchange. Teams wanting to spend unlimited amounts of money in F1 will, in turn, not benefit from much freedom in developing their technical package for 2010.

“"F1 should have the same car, the same rules, then the budget can be discussed,” argued Briatore.
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