What should the FIA do to assure that F1 exists next year. Some of you may want to take this a little more seriously than others so the poll reflects that!
Brogan said:I've gone for the £100 million cap option as I feel £50 million is too big a jump from the current unlimited budget.
Capping it at £100 million would give all the current teams time to start downsizing and preparing for the next cap a year later which could be £50 million.
All those teams waiting to join F1 would just have to wait another year or try and compete now on whatever budget they can afford (up to the £100m cap)
I'm sure there are just as many issues with that approach as there are with going straight in with a low cap.
So I do think the 2 or 3 big teams will have trouble adjusting in 1 season.Brogan said:My brother was talking with an ex-McLaren employee this morning who is still in regular contact with people who still work at McLaren.
He said McLaren and Ferrari will never be able to work to a budget cap as their organisations aren't set up for it.
They'd have to get rid of say 50% of the workforce but then all the departments/sites, etc. wouldn't be able to function on such a low level of staff.
It would take them years to gradually downsize but of course that's not an option as they'd be competing as a "non budget cap" team during that process and would be seriously disadvantaged.
So for new/smaller teams it's fine but for the big 2 there is no way they could do it.
The other issue is advertisement.
Apparently Brawn have offered the whole car to Virgin for £30m as far as sponsorship is concerned.
This turns the F1 corporate sponsorship system on its head as there's no way the likes of Ferrari and McLaren can continue to charge £5m for the left corner of the front wing.
Interesting figures, and thanks FB, but as you say McLaren is more than the F1 team. Not all 700 will be working on two racing cars. If they are, then F1 has gone seriously wrong. Even half that is too much (in my armchair enthusiast opinion), but because one team does it, they all follow. So it becomes one big corporate gravy boat.Fat Bloke said:Just had a little browse around on the net and the accepted wisdom is that a No.2 mechanic gets £30 to £45K, more senior technicians £45 to £60K and a team manager about £90k (from Yahoo answers & Louise Goodman's interview with Andy Stevenson of Force India) . You would assume the lower end engineers running the wind tunnel and CFD fall into the senior technician category.
Perhaps this is a way of Max controll the vast salaries the top boys pay themselves? Ross Brawn is reputed to be on £5 Million a year, Adrian Newey £2 Million and wasn't Ron dennis one of the highest paid CEO's in the UK although I suppose McLaren is more than just the F1 team (the assistant who sued him recently was on £32K a year).
So if McLaren have 700 employees and 350 of them earn and average of £40K thats £14 million. If the remainder of the staff earn double that we are at £42 million (ignoring the senior managers pay). Max's £40 million budget is blown before you even buy a wheel nut so you can see why these teams are so opposed, even £100 million would be tough to get down to from the current level of spending.