Monisha Kaltenborn has urged the teams to work together to cut costs, after all, "we all need each other."
Next season, F1 is facing massive price hike as the sport swaps from the current V8 engines to 1.6-litre turbocharged V6s, which some predict could be double the price of the current units.
Bringing costs down is vital to the survival of F1's smaller teams and the sport as a whole with Kaltenborn highlighting the importance of teams working together.
Asked if she would accuse the big teams of 'negligence', the Sauber team boss told the official F1 website: "It is a bit that way.
"We understand that the big teams have the big brands, their own brands, which are of course important for generating income in F1, along with the sport, the drivers and the other teams. But in my view you cannot do without the other teams. It's give and take - and that asks for a different kind of balance.
"You don't have to put everybody at an equal level. I don't believe in that at all, because after all we are a competition, so we don't have to have the same things for everyone. What has to be the same is the field we are playing on, and there has to be stability, as this will bring the costs down. That you know.
"The next five years we are looking at that direction. If you look back (at car development), nearly every year somebody comes up with an idea which you know there and then will be banned for the following year, but everybody goes for it, fearing that if they don't it will mean a setback in performance for them. At the end of the day it was a waste of money. So you don't need these kinds of developments to have the engineering challenge that high.
"This brings us to a cost cap where you can mark out a field with its boundaries. Within that the engineers' challenge can be as you choose - but within that field.
"Clearly there is no need to have equality at every point, because every team makes a different contribution to the sport and has a different value. But in the entire value of the sport, everybody plays a role.
"So it's not only about costs. You also have to look at the technical stability. And never forget, we all need each other! You can differentiate - but it should be clear how."
As for next season's "cost-intensive" year, Kaltenborn concedes that while the teams had known about it for a while, no one has done anything.
"We teams have in theory known for a long time what 2014 is going to mean regarding costs - and actually no one has reacted. So I think it is our own fault if we are in that position today, as it will be a very cost-intensive year.
"That's where I still have my hopes that our federation will take up this topic and will implement sensible measures very soon, as I think it is the job of a federation to give the whole step credibility."