FIA agree to F1 spending cap of Sh15.5b for 2021

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McLaren’s Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives during the qualifying session at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix on July 15, 2017. Photo/PD/AFP

Paris, Thursday

Spending by Formula One teams will be capped at Sh 15.5 billion ($145 million) in 2021 with a subsequent limit of $135 million by 2023, it was announced Wednesday as the sport’s rulers attempt to stem the bleeding from the coronavirus pandemic.

The FIA’s World Motor Sports Council ratified the amendments to F1’s rules in a season decimated by COVID-19 with 10 of the scheduled 22 races already either cancelled or postponed.

From 2021, spending will be capped at $145 million (132 million euros) with a limit of $140m for 2022 and $135m for 2023-2025, based on a 21-competition season.

“A major step forward for @F1 and motor sport’s sustainability. Thanks to all, @fia, @F1 and the teams for this achievement,” tweeted FIA president Jean Todt. 

Before the pandemic struck, a spending cap of $175m was set to be introduced next year in a bid to help even up the competition.

“The World Motor Sport Council has approved further changes to the regulations governing the FIA Formula One World Championship primarily due to the ongoing need to reduce costs and safeguard the sport in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said a FIA statement. -AFP

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