Spend­ing money for the sake of it

Autosport (UK) - - PIT + PADDOCK -

‘Draw­ing Board’ with Gior­gio Pi­ola and Gary An­der­son is a per­fect il­lus­tra­tion of where F1 is go­ing wrong; in the Oc­to­ber 11 is­sue it was an ex­pla­na­tion of the new floor for Fer­rari, which in­volved huge sums of money and re­source for a min­i­mal re­turn. Do they do it be­cause they can due to the bud­gets they have avail­able? If Fer­rari et al had the re­stricted re­sources of the smaller teams, this type of non­sense would be se­verely cur­tailed.

I have writ­ten in the past about this, but it does make the heart sink when you con­sider where such re­source could be used ef­fec­tively with­out detri­ment to grand prix ‘rac­ing’. I have also stated in the past that the de­sign­ers/tech­ni­cians are not build­ing rac­ing cars, just high-speed pro­jec­tiles. Neil Davey New­port, South Wales

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