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GP Week : Issue 11
impossibility. “My concern has never been the customer car itself or a team running a car that is not designed and built by the team itself,” added Theissen, pictured right. “My concern has always been that big teams gain control of the smaller teams and we have a strategy game of four or six cars playing a tactical game in the race. “That is why I hate the idea. It would be much better if we came down with the budget. We should only have one sort of team on the grid.” His fears are shared by a number of men in the Formula 1 paddock, but with a budget cap set to make an imminent impact on Formula 1, starting up a team from scratch and buying in one’s expensive powertrain to include engine, gearbox and KERS, will be difficult. “It’s difficult to enter Formula One these days, if you need to build up from scratch and if you need to build your own car,” Mercedes’ Norbert Haug divulged in Turkey. “It’s not impossible and maybe there is a chance that more manufacturers are coming. I think a complete independent team for the future has to try to jump very, very high to make it into Formula 1. It’s not impossible, but maybe not very likely in my view.” Honda Team Principal Ross Brawn shares Haug’s pessimism. “I think it’s extremely difficult to see a privateer coming in because of the investment and the facilities needed,” he said, “but it’s viable for a lot of manufacturers at the moment, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be viable for other manufacturers in the future, particularly the expanding market for Formula 1. Different countries are now starting to establish our sport, I think there are a lot of opportunities from that direction in the future.” Unfortunately, two of the biggest automotive manufacturers not currently involved in F1, Porsche and Volkswagen, recently said they had no intention of looking at entering the sport. For one, they said, the costs were too high. And secondly, it was a sport run by a man (Max Mosley) whose moral virtue was highly questionable. With no Concorde Agreement in place to cover new independent teams, and negotiations not leading anywhere fast on the resolution of that particular issue, what incentives would a new team have anyway? Two F1 teams currently exist on the whim of a drinks manufacturer, whose participation in Formula 1 can be written down as part of its marketing programme. But what if the bottom falls out of Red Bull and people lose their taste for Taurine? What if Vijay Mallya’s dreams of an Indian superteam in F1 are not realised and his attentions wander elsewhere? Can F1 survive without new blood? The short answer is no. And right now, but for a much debated and universally unresolved budget cap, there doesn’t appear to be a contingency plan in place should Super Aguri’s demise simply prove to be only the first domino to fall. 26