Force India, Sauber make fresh call for F1 budget cap


Force India and Sauber have launched a fresh call for greater cost control in Formula 1 in reaction to an idea proposed by former FIA president Max Mosley in the German media earlier this week.

The sport has been ravaged by a cost crisis for much of the past decade, and hit a low point in 2014 as both Caterham and Marussia entered administration and missed races due to their financial difficulties.

Although Marussia was reborn as Manor for the 2015 season, Caterham did not return, and is currently in the process of having the few remaining assets auctioned off.

Force India, Sauber and Lotus also encountered financial problems towards the end of the season and over the winter, and threatened to boycott last November’s United States Grand Prix over the financial gulf between the big and small teams in F1.

Speaking to Auto Motor und Sport in Germany, Mosley, who was president of the FIA between 1993 and 2009, suggested that a budget cap could be implemented whilst giving the teams more technical freedom.

Sauber reacted to his idea on Twitter via the official team account, saying that it was something “we fully support”.

Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn elaborated on this in an interview with Autosport, whom she told that F1 was in need of a “French revolution”. Now, Force India has joined the back-slapping over the idea of a budget cap, tweeting its own support following Kaltenborn’s interview on Thursday.

The idea of a budget cap in F1 was first taken seriously towards the end of Mosley’s presidency, with the plan being that the three new teams for the 2010 season – Lotus Racing (which would become Caterham), Virgin Racing (then Marussia, now Manor) and Hispania (then HRT) – could be competitive without breaking the bank.

Six seasons later, two of the teams are bust and the other survived by the skin of its teeth. In total, they scored just two points in total (Jules Bianchi’s ninth place finish at Monaco in 2014) in that time, and failed to compete as all ideas of cost control were put to one side by the sport.

Following the demise of FOTA and the formation of the meritocratic F1 Strategy Group, though, the idea of cost control being taken seriously in the sport seems further away than ever.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change