Skill should be rewarded - Lowdon

Friday 7th February 2014

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Skill should be rewarded - Lowdon

Skill should be rewarded - Lowdon

Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon believes skill, and not financial muscle, should be rewarded in Formula One.

While the costs for running a Formula One team is ever on the increase, the respective teams' budgets for 2014 rose significantly due to the new regulations that required new power units and aerodynamic packages to be developed.

When Marussia joined F1 under the guise of Virgin Racing in 2010, the expectation was that a budget cap would be introduced in order for the smaller teams to be able to compete with the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes.

That suggested cap never came to fruition, but since a new budget cap is rumoured to come into effect in 2015, Lowdown believes the time is right for the sport to move away from a philosophy that rewards financial strength.

"We have said this a lot, which is that Formula One should be a test of skill and not financial strength," Lowdon said.

"So the people who come up with the most skillful solution - whether it's skill in design of the car, operation of the car, strategy, the driver ability - whatever it is, skill should be rewarded and not financial strength.

"The regulations - whether they're technical, sporting or financial - our view is that regulations that drive toward parity between the front of the grid and back of the grid is good for the sport and ultimately good for the fans, but would still reward the best team. The best team should be the most skillful team and not the richest team.

"Having regulations that cover technical areas, sporting areas and financial areas can still be consistent with a championship that rewards the most skillful team. That's important, and hopefully that's the direction that the regulations are going to go in.

"There's been a fairly big change here which has certainly had a financial impact on all of the teams but I think we need to look at the regulations as a whole, not just financial ones on their own or technical or sporting. If there's a package that helps that drive that parity then that would be a really good thing for the sport."

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