Formula 1: a team boss steps up against the B team system

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For the American, a bond of subordination that some teams maintain with other imbalances in the balance of power (AlphaTauri with Red Bull for example). For him, it is necessary for the competitiveness of Formula 1 that the teams on the grid are manufacturers in their own right:

The threat of the A and B teams has not gone away, and it is vital that the governance of the sport is strengthened to prevent this. The regulations, as they exist today, are heavily skewed in favor of the B/customer teams, which is not in line with the principle of F1 which consists of a group of genuine manufacturers competing against each other. others on equal terms. It weakens the meaning of being a ‘team’ in F1 and the nature of the discipline.

He pursues :

F1 must be made up of ten real manufacturers, where each team apart for the sharing and potentially of the internal components of the gearbox must design and produce all the parts that are relevant for performance. Currently, there is too much diversity in business models between teams. Trying to apply the same set of complex rules to each of them, and then controlling them effectively, is therefore unnecessarily complicated and compromised.

Brown highlights the new budget cap system imposed to allow each team to be its own builder:

This cost-cap environment should allow teams to become more recognizable, fully-fledged entities within a reasonable budget, without fear of significant performance differences based on how much each team can spend.

Fatalistic, the McLaren boss believes that without change in this direction, only teams with a “B team” will be able to fight for the titles of world champion:

In a nutshell, the current situation allows B teams to be too competitive with manufacturers, and A teams to be too competitive with the benefit of a B team. Without correction, the current situation means that any team with championship ambitions must have a B team in place, which is simply not F1.

Finally, he highlights the weak political decision-making power of the B teams who put the interests of the A team before their own:

In addition to this, the voting pressure exerted by the A teams on their B teams is not compatible with the promotion of fair sport based on the individual merit of the teams. As I’ve said before – and these teams don’t want to admit it – sometimes some small teams vote against their own interests to serve the intentions of their A team.

Today, Haas owns, through a partnership, the choice of parts from Ferrari. For Zak Brown, this system should no longer exist and we are at an important turning point for future sporting competitiveness in Formula 1. The new regulations accompanied by a budget ceiling could convince certain players to break away from this system criticized by the CEO of McLaren.

In short

Zak Brown, the CEO of McLaren, points the finger at the B team system present on the Formula 1 grids. According to him, this harms the competitiveness and equity of forces in the race for titles. He hopes that the budget ceiling put in place is a step forward against these bonds of subordination.

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