As the cost cap versus open spending battle continues to rage, it has become increasingly apparent that the two issues which most divide those teams seemingly bent on winning at (virtually) any cost from the independent outfits battling against the odds are in-season research and development, and the sport's inequitable payout structure, with these two factors both impacting heavily on relative performance.
Over recent years Formula 1 has developed into a homogenous formula, with essentially every parameter and/or variable being tightly controlled. Windtunnel speeds and size of scale models are regulated, manpower levels at races restricted and curfews imposed. Regulations specify car dimensions and mass, including front:rear weight distribution, while engine centre-of-gravity and V-angles are specified.
Not only are power units homologated and their sub-assemblies policed, but are supplied to customers at broadly identical cost regardless of badging.