Brown convinced budget cap will improving racing

Date published: June 18 2019

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Zak Brown believes F1’s decision to introduce a budget cape will make the sport “less predictable, bring more surprises”.

Although Formula 1’s powers-that-be delayed official confirm of the 2021 regulations until October, it was announced that they had reached an agreement on a budget cap.

That has been set at $175m with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that Liberty Media insisted that all the teams agree to that, and should any try to wiggle out of it, Liberty Media will “unilaterally” announce the 2021 rules.

One person very much in favour the budget cap is McLaren CEO Brown.

In fact he feels if F1 really wants to put on a good show, it could even be set at less than $175m

“It’s still a big sum,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

“The most important thing is to give the fans a good show. I do not think it takes so much money to do that.

“So why not let the 10 teams compete on a similar budget?

“That would make the sport less predictable, bring more surprises. In the end, the best will win either way.

“Take a look at IndyCar. The Penskes, Ganassis and Andrettis still win the championship. But they do not win all the races. There are now and then winners from other teams.

“That’s good for the sport. A lower budget would allow for that.”

As for the rest of the rules, which will be confirmed in October, Brown said: “Nothing in the document was a surprise. We’ve been talking about these rules for quite some time.

“Of course there are things that I would like to see done differently. I think others feel the same. But I cannot imagine that much will be changed.

“There is still fine tuning but it makes no sense to fight for changes where there will be no changes. That is wasted energy.”

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