Strategy Group take action to block Budkowski move

Date published: October 2 2017 - Editor

Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams, McLaren and Force India have all written to the FIA and F1 CEO Chase Carey to prevent Marcin Budkowski from joining Renault.

Budkowski resigned from his role as head of the FIA’s F1 technical department with immediate effect last week, but the story escalated when it emerged that Renault have offered him a position with the team.

Budkowski is currently on gardening leave for three months, but that would allow him to join Renault in January and take knowledge of all the teams’ plans for next season with him to the Enstone-based team.

Toto Wolff, Christian Horner, Maurizio Arrivabene, Eric Boullier, Paddy Lowe and Bob Fernley held an impromptu meeting in Malaysia over the weekend to discuss this controversial move and have since taken their concerns to the next level by officially alerting those above in the chain of command.

 

“I wish Marcin well, he’s a good guy,” Wolff told Motorsport.com. “I think if he can move back to a team and make a career, I wouldn’t want to stand in his way.

“But as an FIA official if you make rules and issue Technical Directives you cannot negotiate a deal to join a team and within a three months, join them.

“There might be a potential conflict of interests, which I’m not saying he has in any way abused, but there should be some kind of ethical policy that we all follow.

“We don’t want him to look compromised in a position when he was heavily involved in the rule-making and on the other side having ongoing discussions with teams. There needs to be a certain delay, I guess.”