‘Teams must stick together over RRA’

Date published: October 13 2011

McLaren MD Jonathan Neale says the Formula One teams need to “stick together” amidst allegations of some breaking the RRA…

McLaren MD Jonathan Neale says the Formula One teams need to “stick together” amidst allegations of some breaking the Resource Restriction Agreement.

Resource Restriction Agreement was set up by the teams to police spending as many found that the costs of competing in the sport were out of control.

However, of late there have been allegations that Red Bull Racing broke the RRA on their way to the 2010 Championship double while there are also concerns over Mercedes GP after they signed Bob Bell, Aldo Costa and Geoff Willis.

The FOTA are reportedly set to meet in Korea this weekend to discuss the RRA with Neale urging them to find common ground and stick together.

“I think there’s always going to be a degree of tension between the teams and there has been recent speculation about whether Red Bull are complying or not,” he said during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in. “But none of us really knows because we are not in there, we don’t really understand how their business operates or how it is divided.

“Quite understandably, many of the teams mask the way in which their public accounts are provided so that you can’t reverse engineer what’s going on.

“Formula One has for decades been surrounded with a bit of mistrust and rumour – allegations about what are they doing, are they cheating on the circuit, have they got some new wonder device etc. – and I think that’s all part of the sport. I think in reality the bigger prize is that Formula One does need to stick together.

“We are doing well in capping costs in many areas and I think it’s an exciting challenge, alongside the FIA, for technology development for 2014 and beyond. There will inevitably be pressures, there are those who would seek to divide the teams as we get ourselves ready for the next round of commercial negotiations, and there will be tensions of course.

“Everybody wants to do the best for their team but this generation of professional team principals are more than equipped to see the bigger picture as well as fight their own team’s corner.”