Big F1 Teams Demanding “An Extra $1 Million” for Sprint Races

Published 03/25/2021, 6:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


F1 have been pushing for a trial run of sprint races over the upcoming 2021 season, with a majority of the teams giving the nod to the new format. However, now that the teams have come to a consensus on taking part in sprint races, a much bigger problem is apparently looming over the sport.

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According to Autosport, there has been a huge variation of opinions between the big-budget teams and the smaller teams. Hence, considering the time being very limited, F1 are looking to hold further talks over the upcoming race weekend in Bahrain.

Big F1 teams demanding more money

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Ever since F1 announced that the concept of sprint races would be making its way into F1 after successful responses in F2 and F3, there was always a wide array of concerns over a possible increase in costs.

A sprint race over a race weekend would mean that there will be two races rather than the usual one. Hence, the risk of teams witnessing damages to their cars doubles up, which in turn will affect their seasonal budget.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

To avoid such fears, F1 announced that they would be offering the teams extra funding, enough to cover the potential extra costs.

So, one might wonder, how could this go wrong? Well, looks like it did.

Now that F1 increased the cost cap limit, big teams, possibly Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull are apparently seeking to demand amount more from the sport. Autosport reckons that the bid goes up to four times more than what F1 initially offered, which is likely to hit the $1 million mark.

Smaller teams unhappy with the massive demands

This specific demand has left the small-budget teams a bit worried. They fear that the big teams would invest the extra funding into boosting up their on-track performances rather than the intention of spending it on the potential damages during either of the two races.

Despite efforts, F1 failed to bring the teams together on the matter. Hence, F1’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali, will be hosting talks with the teams to get them onto the same page.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

If the upcoming talks get a green light from the teams, F1 will move into the phase of planning when and where to host the three trial sprint races this season, which is likely to be chosen by the method of voting.

Overall, will Formula 1 find a respite from their desperate attempts in inaugurating sprint races into the sport? Only the future will tell.

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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