'Core car' idea could be F1's saviour

'Core car' idea could be F1's saviour

How does F1 cut costs, maintain its teams-as-constructors ethos and keep all stakeholders happy? DIETER RENCKEN thinks the new 'core car' idea is the best answer yet

Since its inception in 2005 the brief of this column has been to provide readers with backstories to current (Formula 1) affairs, relying on in-depth analysis, respected sources, informed opinion, and, yes, downright speculation to do so. This week's column relies on all those listed components, with no apologies made for admitting that the last-named element features strongly - albeit founded upon information imparted by folk in the know.

However, lest it's said that sources are partisan, their information was crosschecked with players on the opposite bank of the political divide. When it waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck there is every reason to believe the subject is indeed a member of the Anatidae family, and hence the topic of this week's column: That the concept of satellite (or A and B) teams is closer to reality than even many team bosses realise.

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