Brawn hoping for consensus on resource restriction

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn is convinced that agreement can be reached on resource restriction, despite the ongoing lack of consensus.

Mercedes and other teams noted with some interest an increase in spending by Red Bull in 2011, recently revealed when the accounts of both the team and sister company Red Bull Technology reached the public domain.

Red Bull has consistently opposed key elements of resource restriction, which is one of the items expected to be discussed in a meeting between the teams and the FIA next week.

“We’re still strong supporters of an effective resource restriction, and it’s one of the topics that I hope will be discussed with the FIA,” said Brawn in Korea.

“It’s common knowledge that there are meetings coming up with the FIA and the commercial rights holder in the next few weeks, and that’s a very important topic.

“Ten teams asked the FIA to take on the resource restriction, and those discussions are still going on. I’m optimistic that we will find a solution. It will take a while, it won’t be an easy process.

“If you take our example of working with the commercial rights holder to find an agreement [on the Concorde] then that took a little while, but we got there. It’s fairly complex, it will take some time, but I think all the parties are keen to find a reasonable solution. So I think we’ll find solutions.”


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3 responses to “Brawn hoping for consensus on resource restriction

  1. Mick

    I think the FIA will impose a resource restriction of some kind for 2014 with or without unanimous agreement, I think it’s too late to do much for 2013. With the introduction of the new engines in 2014, id like to see a shift from the massive amounts spent on aero development to an engine battle. If I were implementing spending cuts I would start with:

    – limiting the number of races where new aero parts can be brought to the car
    – limiting the number of people who can be used to monitor telemetary & work on strategy during the race (definitely do away with telemetary monitoring from back at factory)
    – allow customer cars to be supplied to the smaller teams. Cuts costs for small teams, brings revenue to big teams & improves the racing spectacle.

  2. Loti

    I agree that customer cars could be a way to go and would certainly improve the racing at the back of the field but apart from that, short of making Formula One a spec series, these things are always going to cost. The trouble is that the difference from front to back of the grid is so large that a ‘one rule fits all’ just doesn’t work. Ross’s theory that because they finally got to some sort of agreement with Mr E they will finally get one here too does not mention the fact [as I understand it] that he [Mr E] came to a different agreement with each team
    One rule which I think needs re-thinking is the grid penalty for gear box and engine changes, which unfairly penalises the driver and doesn’t help ‘the show’. Not that I care greatly as I won’t bother to watch most of the races next year, the Pirelli hype does not in any way cover up the ‘look after your tyres’ racing, and now we know the ‘show’ is the thing, it must, by the same thinking be ‘a show’ and the Emperor’s new clothes comes to mind. Is it really exciting? No, not really.
    After the season Mercedes have given us, not only managing to de-motivate the most motivated driver ever but also all his fans too I wish you all, all the luck but don’t expect too much, no, make that, don’t expect anything.

  3. don
    what loti has said about mercedes i must agree there car has been very poor i f msc cant get a result with it with all his expertise i dont know who can i pitty lewis even as good a driver that he is
    sinse in season testing has been dropped and the introduction of these new tyers the cars cant race at there maximum

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