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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR23, leads Esteban Ocon, Alpine A523, Sir Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W14, Pierre Gasly, Alpine A523, Oscar Piastri, McLaren MCL60, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF-23, Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo C43, Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-23, Nico Hulkenberg, Haas VF-23, and Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C43
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How F1's new era has exposed the downside of its most important rule

OPINION: From the outside looking in, the cost cap implemented by Formula 1 has been seen as a good thing by many which will bring the grid closer together. But it would be wrong to think that it has made the championship a utopia

Forget Netflix, embracing social media or the switch to ground-effect cars. When it comes to singling out the most important step change that Formula 1 has made in recent years, it is the introduction of the cost cap.

The new spending limits that came in as part of an emergency package introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic have played their part in helping secure the long-term survival of a grid that should be more compact. As Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer put it: "The smart teams now have a better chance of doing well. We are also saved from ourselves in not spending every bit of money we have, and money we don’t have, in trying to go faster.

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