Top teams’ ‘selfish’ attitude risks F1 collapse

Date published: April 17 2020

Nico Rosberg

2016 World Champion, Nico Rosberg, has said that the selfishness of top teams could risk seeing Formula 1 collapse.

While Formula 1 bosses continue to explore options of how to get the 2020 season started later in the year, there is also an ongoing discussion with regards to the imminent budget cap.

There is an agreement between teams to reduce it to $150m in order to bring further protection to finances, but some still want to see further reductions, possibly all the way down to $100m.

McLaren boss Zak Brown recently hinted it was Ferrari and Red Bull who are the top teams refusing to play ball and Rosberg thinks that mentality is a very risky one to have.

“If you have selfish minds that do their own thing, then everything will collapse in this sport,” he is widely quoted has having told L’Equipe.

“There are still a few high-level teams that do not play the game, who are keeping to their position.

“Some of the best teams have already given in and accepted the needs of the smaller teams because they understand the big picture.

“There cannot be a sport if two, three, four small teams go. It is therefore necessary to take care of them with an urgent need to cut costs.”

Meanwhile, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner thinks Ferrari’s reluctance over the budget cap is because their current SF1000 car is not competitive enough.

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