F1'S STRUGGLING TEAMS: Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez drives past Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen at the 2014 Brazil GP. If F1 doesn't resolve its financial woes fewer teams could be on the grid Image: AP / Ricardo Mazalan
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Formula 1's financially struggling smaller teams fear there could be an "agenda" to change their Constructor status to mere operators of (older) cars provided by their richer rivals.
Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn told reporters after the 2014 Brazilian GP (Nov 9): "Looking at the proposals, we have to believe there is some agenda here. When ideas are offered to us of a year-old chassis or engines of a different specification or whatever, a different series, there must be an agenda.
"Those ideas are ideas but they tell you where it is going... the more these ideas come up the more we three get the feeling that maybe some people don't want us around and maybe the sport is supposed to be changed in a very different way."
'SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT'
The "three", Sauber, Force India and Lotus, have all been calling for a fairer distribution of revenue to guarantee them a "base payment" that would help them to continue competing.