Don't get me wrong here, I love the modern technical exercise that is formula
one. However, if they price themselves out of being viable, or if the
promoters decide that Bernie's costs are too high (France next year?), then we
I actually like your spending cap idea. Let 'em have all the rpm they want as
well. How many engines twisting 20K rpm can you afford on a $50 million
I used to play GPL in the day, but something about the physics model left me
wanting. Now I "drive" GTR2 with a GT Legends mod on it as well. Ferrari 275
GTB4 at Mid Ohio is a bit of a challenge.
----- Original Message -----
From: Bill Babcock<mailto:Billb@bnj.com>
To: Terry Stetler<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: 'Friends of Triumph'<mailto:email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2008 6:24 PM
Subject: Re: [Fot] State of F1
Hmmm. Sounds like 1965. I've played Grand Prix Legends (a videogame with
golden age F1 cars). You wind up in the wall about every other lap.
Cost cutting is very easy. Control the one thing that actually affects
cost--the availability of money. I'd love to see F1 done on a budget. Say 50
million per car. You'd have some very creative fiddling, but that's just an
accounting problem. A couple of tame economists and a handful off former IRS
agents and you'd be able to frame and manage the rules.
The current approaches are like trying to control the amount of clothing
your wife buys by limiting her underwear. Besides being dangerous to your
health to even attempt such a thing, the truth is that clothing expands to fit
all available closet space, just as TR3 parts do. If F1 doesn't control the
upper limits of expenditure, then expense will grow to use all available
funds--and even in these nervous times, there's a lot of money available to
top level F1 teams. Can a team with a $50 million budget compete with one that
has $500mm. Obviously not.
McLaren and Ferrari would go nuts, but it would result in real racing
throughout the grid--not just at the pointy end.
Pointless to speculate about such a thing I guess, that bell isn't likely to
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