The Weekly Grapevine

The Weekly Grapevine

Your weekly dose of rumours, speculations and analysis

You have to hand it to the FIA: when Formula 1's governing body faces criticism of its novel concepts, it beavers away until all negative factors are reduced to insignificant levels or even eliminated completely.

And so it is with budget caps. First dreamed up by now-FIA technical consultant Tony Purnell when the electronics wizard headed the (extremely) cash-strapped Jaguar Racing outfit, the concept of levelling F1's playing field via financial means has regularly reared its head, only to be shot down as being 'unrealistic', 'unworkable', or even in violation of the FIA's agreement with the European Union, which decrees that the Paris-based body may not involve itself in commercial matters.

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