As the first hints of regulations for 2021 championship were made public, top teams have started moaning to one of the main features of the technical package proposed from Liberty Media.
The so claimed cut of budgets is likely to be made with the standardisation of some parts in the entire grid: the pieces provided by a third party are the object of the discussion going on in these weeks; the reliability of the parts isn’t assessed as optimal and possibly ending on extra investments for the validation of the designs.
The solution brought is about an open source database where team designers can drop their ideas, with the other colleagues of minor teams picking inspiration for their own branded projects. The cost reduction would be mean in having good designs available, without needing further development and resources.
The validation of the idea has seen, amongst the other, approval from all top-3 teams. “It will take a decree of patience because imagine we're coming up to 2021” – said Mercedes Technical Director James Allison to Motorsport.com - everyone designs up to the wire and then releases and goes racing. So you couldn't sit there waiting for the open sources design to come from a competitor, thinking 'I won't do that myself, I'll just wait for it to appear on the internet'. Because by the time it appeared it would be too late”.
"I think it protects the sport from any errors in the standard parts that could take us into 2021 with a legacy of problems and difficulties and we're happy to participate in that open source proposal" added Paul Monaghan, Chief Engineer of Red Bull.
"It's probably slightly complicated to come up with yet another way to classify parts for the F1 cars, but we are supportive of the fact that if it can avoid risk associated with having to have [standard] parts" stated Laurent Mekies, Sporting Director of Ferrari.
All this conversation is on when it comes out what figures Mercedes spent on the last championship, nearly spending all the prize, sponsoring and parent company Daimler income summed together: this is the proof of what You need to do if You want to win several titles year after year.