The cost of preventing an arms race

The cost of preventing an arms race

Max Mosley tried - and failed - to introduce budget-capping to Formula 1. Three years since those attempts fell by the wayside, there is a fresh push to bring the concept back to life. But, as Dieter Rencken explains, doing so won't be easy.

Every grand prix weekend brings with it a hot topic, and India was no different. Where the paddock's talking point in Korea was the upcoming – and ultimately disappointing in virtually every respect – October 23 Paris summit between the sport's governing body, commercial rights holder and all 12 teams, in Noida folk chatted incessantly about budget caps.

Cost control is not, of course, a novelty in Formula 1. The flamboyant, and now disgraced, former Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore back in the 1990s opining that the sport could heavily reduce its collective operating budgets without impacting on the spectacle.

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