Formula 1 will do a dry run of the way it monitors how teams will adhere to a cost cap next season, despite it not being officially enforced until 2021.
New regulations are set to make significant changes to the cars in order to promote closer racing, alongside a revised revenue distribution and a cost cap in the region of $175 million per season. There will be certain exceptions to the cost cap, but F1 CEO Chase Carey told a Liberty Media earnings conference call that next year will be used to identify weaknesses in the way it will be monitored.
“In terms of the cost cap, actually one of the real positives is the evolving attitude toward it,” Carey said. “We feel quite positive about where we are with the cost cap, in many ways teams — some of whom had concerns or issues going in — are increasingly supportive.
“I think by and large right now the support is quite broad and everyone believes it’s an important element of the future of the sport. I do think the teams really are behind it as being an important cornerstone to build the sport going forward.
“We wouldn’t have done it if we didn’t think it was enforceable. Clearly you account for everything which you need to make sure you have access to the right information to do the accounting, and that’s about us being disciplined and firm about what we need.
“(In) 2020, all the teams will participate in effectively a dry run as the cost cap won’t actually be enforced with consequence until 2021. In 2020 what we are going to go through is shaking out the bugs of accounting, and accounting for the costs.”
Carey added that the planned cost cap introduction has also led to increased interest from new teams that could enter the sport in future.
“Clearly one of the goals in terms of the cost cap is to create a healthier (sport) — I’ve talked about the competitive goals, but it is equally important we create a cost cap that supports a business model that is healthy and growing and positive for existing teams and potential new teams coming into it.
“That has been enforced as we’ve had discussions with potential new teams; all have looked at sort of steps in terms of cost discipline and a more balanced revenue distribution as being cornerstones to creating what they think is an exciting opportunity, so certainly that is a part of it.”