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GP Week : Issue 46
GPWeek’s ‘Fantasy’ GPWC schedule Philip Island, Australia Hampton Downs, New Zealand Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia Masaryk Circuit, Czech Republic TT Assen, Netherlands Istanbul Park, Turkey Monte Carlo, Monaco Le Mans, France Silverstone, England Indianapolis Motor Speedway, USA Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Canada Sachsenring, Germany Spa Francorchamps, Belgium Mugello, Italy Jerez de la Frontera, Spain Portimao, Portugal Twin Ring Motegi, Japan Portero de los Funes, Argentina How the F1 2010 grid might look BrawnGP Mercedes Williams Toyota Force India Mercedes McLaren Mercedes Sauber BMW Toro Rosso Ferrari Prodrive Aston Martin (Cosworth engines) Lola Cosworth USF1 Chrysler (Ferrari engines) iSport Cosworth ART Ferrari Addax Renault Litespeed Cosworth The GPWC grid (three-car teams) Ferrari Mercedes BMW Renault Toyota Red Bull Renault their own time. With no sign of Bernie Ecclestone, the circuit fees would be nowhere near as high meaning a greater return for the host tracks. In turn, the teams would recoup the percentage of race revenue that they consider to be appropriate. In other words they could race where they wanted and get the money they felt they deserved. They may even get Monaco onto the calendar, given the ACM’s recent decision to side with the IRC over the FIA’s WRC in the world of rallying. Factor in all the other fantastic circuits the championship could visit around the world, and it’s a win-win situation. But, the teams could also keep a hand in F1. If Mercedes went to the GPWC, why not also enter McLaren for F1, under a budget cap? BMW could enter Sauber, Renault, through Flavio Braitore’s connections with Alejandro Agag, could promote GP2 team >>F1 INSIGHT What’s that saying about toys and prams? Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicalli was at Heathrow for the FIA meeting, in the wake of withdrawal threats from Ferrari. Addax to F1. Toyota could invest in more than just engines and help out Williams, Ferrari could sell engines to ART or USF1 and help out Red Bull by maintaining their collaboration with Toro Rosso. In that way, which ever championship comes out on top, the manufacturers have got their bases covered. And if they are already intending to reduce costs for 2010, in F1 or their own championship, then £40 million to keep a team running in F1 should, potentially, be doable. Is it likely? This will depend enormously on the next few weeks. With just 11 days to go from the day this magazine goes online to the cutoff date for 2010 entries, time is impossibly short to find a solution. Bernie Ecclestone has come out and said that an agreement has already been reached to scrap the two-tier system for 2010. If this is true, then the budget-capped teams will not stand a chance and the prospect of new blood into the sport will shrink to near zero. At the same time, Max Mosley has stated categorically that there will be a budget cap. The problem is that you can’t have both. You cannot instigate a voluntary budget cap, and not then also install a benefits system for adhering to that very cap. The whole plan falls down. Mosley and Ecclestone are not singing from the same hymn sheet. Worryingly for them, the manufacturers are. Because this is now about much more than just budget caps and two-tier systems. For the teams, emboldened by a new found resolve, can perhaps see that there exists today their best chance to change the way this sport is run forever. With 11 days and counting to find a solution, the spark that will ignite this war appears to grow larger with every passing hour.