Formula One teams agree on cost-cutting measures: Report

Formula One teams agree on cost-cutting measures: Report

FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Grand Prix
FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Hungarian Grand Prix - Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary - August 4, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo

LONDON: Formula One's 10 teams have agreed on cost-cutting measures including a budget cap of US$145 million for 2021, the BBC reported on Friday.

The measures have yet to be approved officially by the governing FIA's World Motor Sport Council, by an e-vote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that is seen as a formality and likely next week.

Formula One's managing director for motorsport Ross Brawn said this month that the US$145 million figure had been agreed and the sport would look for further reductions in future seasons.

The BBC and, citing multiple sources, said teams had agreed to reduce the cap to US$140 million in 2022 and US$135 million for the period 2023-25.

Formula One's season has yet to start, with the first 10 races postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A major rewrite of the technical regulations has been delayed to 2022, with teams carrying over this year's cars to 2021.

The budget cap, which does not include driver salaries, had been set initially at US$175 million but some teams had wanted a more drastic limit closer to US$100 million to ensure the sport survives the crisis.

Source: Reuters