The necessary balancing act F1 performed to protect its teams
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The necessary balancing act F1 performed to protect its teams

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For too long, F1 teams have invested huge sums of money to find tiny improvements which are invisible to fans. PAT SYMONDS explains why F1 had to act to protect its competitors from themselves

After last year’s Australian Grand Prix was cancelled and the extent of the pandemic became more apparent, Formula 1’s Ross Brawn asked me to look at how we might protect the teams from what was undoubtably going to be a significant shortfall in their income.

I put together some proposals which we discussed with the FIA. These were centred around delaying the new and significantly different car from 2021 to 2022, and freezing a large part of the design of the 2020 cars through to the end of 2021. The thinking was that a significant amount of expenditure goes into small incremental improvements which are invisible to fans but, in the close competitive arena of the midfield, are necessary to gain advantage.

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