FIA announced a change to its decision-making process that could lead to smaller budgets in the future.
FIA stepped into the diatribe between Ferrari and other teams about reductions in the budget cap, claiming that, under certain circumstances, it would accept a majority approval for ruse changes.
Indeed, according to the terms of the F1's International Sporting codes, all changes for 2012 can be made only with unanimous consensus. Nevertheless, the growing concerns over the financial losses caused by the corona pandemic and the necessity to protect the Formula 1 participants has led FIA to modify the Sporting code. A new clause has been introduced, stating that under exceptional circumstances, rules can be changed with a majority agreement.
"In exceptional circumstances, and if the FIA considers that the change in question is essential for the safeguarding of the Championship, cup, trophy, challenge or series concerned, the agreement of the majority of the Competitors properly entered shall suffice."
Ferrari has remarked that it will not accept a budget cup below $145 million, because it does not want to lay off or re-allocate staff to other racing series.
The Maranello’s team has been attacked by McLaren, underlining that a cap reduction is required to save the future of several teams. Interviewed on Thursday night, McLaren’s Ceo Zack Brown claimed that he hoped that FIA would take action and stop Ferrari from blocking the rule changes.
"Ultimately that's one for the FIA and Formula One to stand behind, but I don't believe they can hold back if there's enough of alignment and veto, if you like, about what's being proposed," he said.
Brown pointed out that changes are required to protect the future of F1.
"We are in a situation where if Formula 1 goes by its old habits, we're all at extreme risk for the future of F1," he explained. "And I think if we think forward and get with the times, we can not only survive what's going on right now, but I ultimately think the sport can can thrive and we all win.
"I'm all for a good healthy debate. But I think the comments that I'm being seen put forward don't stack up, contradict themselves, and don't accurately reflect what I think is reality."