Won’t big teams push the bud­gets up?

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This will be a defin­ing year for BRDC F4, both on and off the track as a prod­uct.

The ar­rival of the new car has brought fresh in­ter­est from Bri­tish F3’s heavy hit­ters, with Fortec, Car­lin and Dou­ble R all field­ing multi-car en­tries.

All three al­ready com­pete in MSA For­mula, and re­ports have sug­gested bud­gets there have al­ready crept up to, and be­yond, £200,000 in some cases.

The ar­rival of the big­ger teams has driven some of BRDC F4’s smaller out­fits away – Gra­ham Brun­ton Rac­ing has gone as has all pri­va­teer en­tries – and there is a dan­ger of bud­gets go­ing through the roof.

The spec na­ture of the Tatuus-cos­worth will limit the costs nat­u­rally. It doesn’t run many of the fid­dly aero parts an F3 car does, such as frag­ile floors and winglets that can eas­ily get dam­aged.

Palmer ( below) in­sists he will keep a keen eye on what teams are charg­ing. He says: “I’m sure the big­ger teams will charge more, that’s prob­a­bly in­evitable, but we’re be­ing care­ful to en­sure that money can’t buy per­for­mance. “Teams can­not lease seven en­gines and do end­less test­ing. The gear­boxes are com­pletely sealed. If teams try to charge more they need to do that based on hav­ing the clever­est set-up and not by throw­ing cash

at the car.”

Palmer says teams can­not buy pace

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