Won’t big teams push the budgets up?
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.”