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Team bosses admit: & # 34; We failed together & # 34;

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T he Formula 1 train seems to have hit the wall. The regulations for 2014 can no longer be stopped. New engines and the return of test drives mean increased expenses for the teams. The problem: nothing has changed on the income side. Bernie Ecclestone has made deals with all of the teams that strengthen the big ones in the industry and weaken the small ones. It just seems like a matter of time before a racing team leaps over the cliff.

'I've been saying the costs are too high since my first day in Formula 1. Since then, everyone has been promising me that the costs will decrease. Instead, it will keep increasing. And next year it will be the most expensive year ever. Something is fundamentally wrong, 'complains Caterham team boss Tony Fernandes.

Own interests before common good

The millionaire from Malaysia does not only blame the engine for the tricky situation. 'Because of their own interests, the teams missed the opportunity to bring the costs under control. So we are as much to blame for it as the introduction of the new engines.'

Eric Boullier also sees difficult times Formula 1 to come. 'It is not the engine but the process, how it was developed and sold to the teams, that we should have controlled more,' the Frenchman criticizes himself. 'We can't afford to spend more every year. The teams should stick together, which is not that easy. And Bernie Eccelestone and the FIA ​​should make sure that the rules remain stable.'

Test drives from the big teams decided

Toro Rosso colleague Franz Tost agrees. 'We are at the top of motorsport and we have to come up with innovations. But the new package really costs a huge amount of money. And what's more, the teams were so stupid as to reintroduce test drives in 2014. That's totally wasted money.' p>

The test drives were decided by the Formula 1 strategy group. However, only the big teams are in there. 'On the one hand, the teams complain that they have no money, on the other hand, they throw it out the window. It's hard to understand. We didn't want to test. Those were the rich teams,' emphasizes Tost.

Prevent top teamsDistribution plan

On the expenditure side, everything becomes more expensive. On the other hand, no more money comes in. Sponsors have been reluctant for a number of years. And Bernie Ecclestone cannot expect more money either. Originally there should be a common distribution plan. But then the F1-Zampano concluded individual financial agreements with the teams.

'The teams had a great chance to get together and negotiate a fair distribution,' said Fernandes. 'It would be a win-win situation for everyone if it had given us a healthier sport. But we screwed it up. It's that simple. Some teams have decided to go their own way. And then everything fell apart At the beginning there was still a lot of agreement. And then one after the other started to do their own thing. '

Force India team manager Rob Fernley agrees with his colleagues. 'We failed together to bring about a deal. The top teams are also responsible.' Ferrari and Red Bull had split off from the group first. Then one after the other followed. Franz Tost doesn't believe, however, that anything would change with increased income. 'If we get more money, we'll also spend more. Then we'll just go testing more.'


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