F1 to introduce budget cap in 2015

F1 to introduce budget cap in 2015

Formula 1

F1 to introduce budget cap in 2015

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A budget cap will be introduced in Formula 1 from the start of 2015. The move was agreed at a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the F1 Commission in Paris today.

A working group will be established to finalize the regulations governing the cost-cap regulations. This group, which will include representatives of the FIA and of the commercial rights holder, as well as F1 team members, will be tasked to finalize these regulations by the end of June 2014.

It is not clear how the budget cap will be structured, although previous proposals have included exemptions for marketing and driver wages. A budget cap has been under discussion in F1 on and off for several years and with the majority of teams struggling financially the need to take action to cut costs has become urgent. Then-FIA president Max Mosley attempted to introduce a budget cap of 30 million [$50m] for 2010. This was later increased to 40 million [$66m] before being dropped amid opposition from teams.

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