Budget cap, return of the ground effect, qualifying sprint races: Formula 1 is changing its look with the aim of evolving to keep up with the times, while at the same time trying not to deny or abandon its DNA. The budget cap was introduced as a necessary attempt to contain the exorbitant costs involved in Formula 1 racing, while sprint races will instead be an experiment in an attempt to reach out to the younger public, unwilling to devote two hours on Sunday afternoon to watch a full Grand Prix.
In an interview for Italian newspaper Il Foglio Quotidiano, Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto stressed the great sense of responsibility showed by the Maranello team in accepting the budget cap, an innovation that, for sure, was not easy to digest and put in use by the Italian side:
“There was the real need to make Formula One economically sustainable for the future. Jean Todt and Chase Carey did an amazing job. Some choices were not favorable to our competitiveness but Ferrari belongs to this sport, it has the moral obligation and the responsibility also to seek the right compromise and in this we have played a decisive role”. – he explained.
Regarding the sprint qualifying races whose first experiments will be carried out this year, Mattia Binotto highlighted the fact that Ferrari has always been in favor of such a trial: “It is always important to innovate in Formula one. Recognize tradition but continuously evolve. As Ferrari we wanted to introduce the sprint race already last year, we are sorry that some teams opposed it, because we got there anyway a year later. It is also okay to experiment with only three races, to see if it is the right path for the future.” – the Ferrari boss concluded.