MAX MOSLEY - BACKING FROM SAUBER: Ex-International Automobile Federation president Max Mosley is still pushing for a budget cap for Formula 1. Image: International Automobile Federation
LONDON, England - Sauber has backed ex-International Automobile Federation president Max Mosley's renewed call for a budget cap for Formula 1 racing.
Ahead of the Strategy Group's crunch meeting scheduled for May 14 about the future, Mosley told Germany's Auto Motor and Sport magazine that teams should revisit the idea of limiting budgets to $100-million (about R1-billion) a year.
WHY BE RELUCTANT?
Under Mosley's plan, those who sign up for the budget cap would get much more technical rules freedom; teams which want to spend more would be limited to the current restrictive regulations.
Mosley says he cannot understand why a team such as Ferrari would be reluctant to sign up as the it could easily raise the $100-million and then pocket any bonus sponsorship.
"This would make Ferrari even more attractive as it goes public," Mosley said. "I think they (the big teams) are just resisting the notion that they would suddenly have 10 instead of two competitors."
On Twitter, Sauber said the proposal was "a good idea by Max Mosley which we fully support".
Also on the agenda at the forthcoming strategy meeting will be Bernie Ecclestone's push to simplify the rules and make the cars louder, more powerful, and harder to drive.
'WE GO BACK A BIT'
Speaking to UOL Esporte, Williams driver Felipe Massa agreed that the rules were too complex. "It's a little too hard for the people on the outside to understand," he said. "I'm very much in favour of changing the regulations to develop the mechanical side, like making the tyres bigger.
"So we go back a bit to what we had in the past."
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Massa, however, hit back at claims such as those made this week by Silverstone chief Patrick Allen who said the field must be closed up given Mercedes' dominance.
"I think it has always been like this," the Brazilian said. "If you look back there were always only two teams or sometimes just one, fighting for the title. Sometimes it's more like that than at other times.
"I think Red Bull won in a way that was not very different to how Mercedes did in 2014."