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GP Week : Issue 11
F1 INSIGHT >> “We need the mix of manufacturers and independent teams and I hope we are working towards a more stable situation,” said Theissen. “With the budget cap, the FIA approach has our full support and I think you cannot change it overnight, but in my view within two years we can cut down to figures which should be bearable by independent teams as well, and on top of that we are closing the gap from two directions. “With KERS next year it is not just good for manufacturers like us who will benefit with road cars, but good for Formula 1. It will reposition Formula 1, change the image and will attract new sponsors who cannot identify with today’s image of Formula 1. I think we are moving towards the right direction, and I can only hope we are quick enough.” Theissen did, however, admit that the idea of customer cars was one which had never sat easily with him and highlighted the fears which have seen the customer car question move from likelihood to an almost 1998 vs 2008: How Things Have Changed Benetton = Renau lt Jordan = Force India Prost = Folded Sauber = BMW 25