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Formula 1

Brown: F1 budget cap won't be perfect

The 2021 season is set to be the first in which stringent budget caps will be put in place in a bid to even out the playing field. This, in turn, should help facilitate close and competitive racing. However, McLaren CEO Zak Brown accepts that it may take sport bosses a little while longer to fully iron out the kinks.

Zak Brown
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McLaren CEO Zak Brown is resigned to the fact that the new F1 budget cap won't be perfect this year, despite the FIA's tireless attempts to refine it.

For the 2021 season, teams are obliged to keep spending below the agreed $145 million cap, with only driver salaries, as well as a handful of other expenses, exempt from such measures. While Brown remains hopeful over what the cap can realistically achieve, he warns that further fine-tuning will likely be required long-term.

“The FIA, the teams and Formula 1 have been working continuously on defining it and regulating it," the American told GPFans.

"I am sure it will be learning from year one and it won’t be perfect. I think they will get it right and it will achieve what we were hoping to achieve which is a more level playing field."

The cap has chiefly been introduced to reign-in the spending of works teams with astronomical budgets - such as Mercedes and Ferrari. However, Brown confesses that even McLaren will have to curtail their spending from now on, so as not to exceed budget limits.

"We were spending beyond the cap previously so we have made some adjustments to come down to the cap," Brown added.

"We are confident the cap will achieve for the sport what we hoped it will achieve, but I am sure there will be learnings throughout the year.”


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