Seidl warns of team ‘co-operation’ to defy budget cap

Michelle Foster
Carlos Sainz McLaren

New rules are in the "sweet spot" for McLaren.

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl has again urged Formula 1 bosses to keep an eye on “co-operation” between teams to prevent anyone gaining an advantage by pooling resources.

Next season Formula 1 will be operating under a budget cap.

The sport’s bosses and the teams have agreed to a $175million cost cap, although not all the bills are covered by it.

Drivers salaries, bonuses, engine development and production, marketing, F1 entry fees and the salaries of the team’s top three employees are not included in the cap.

What the cap does include is the design and build of the Formula 1 cars and everything that goes along with that.

It marks a significant new ceiling for many of the bigger teams, however, for some of the smaller teams the $175m is more than they spend in a season.

It has, however, raised questions about what happens if teams pool resources.

Haas has a close link up Ferrari while AlphaTauri falls under the same banner as Red Bull.

This year, though, a new partnership has come to light with Racing Point debuting a pink Mercedes.

The team insists it has designed all aspects of the car itself, only using last year’s W10 for guidance.

McLaren team boss Seidl has urges F1’s powers-that-police to do just that, ensuring that teams do not work together to pool resources in order to stay below the cap.

“We need to make sure that by, let’s say, co-operations of two teams, you do not go around the rules and, for example, increase your resources by that, or have rotating staff,” he told Autosport.

“When the budget limitation is coming in, we need to make sure that it’s actually a limitation and it’s the same limitation for everyone.

“It doesn’t matter if you have a co-operation with other teams – which is okay and is also allowed by the regulations on certain topics.

“But when it comes down to the things like monocoque, aerodynamics and so on, where you’re clearly not allowed to work together, this is what is important for me.”

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