Szafnauer: F1 can still hit deadline for 2021 rules

10-04-2019 14:30
by Bobby Vincent
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Szafnauer: F1 can still hit deadline for 2021 rules

Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer remains confident that the FIA and the F1 organisation can still agree on the rules and regulation changes for the 2021 season, with the deadline in June.

The FIA's International Sporting Code has set June as the deadline for decisions on changes for the 2021 season. Every team was given a briefing on the latest ideas and plans at a meeting in London days before the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Nothing has been signed yet, but Szafnauer has revealed the progress that has been made, and believes it is inevitable that the teams will come to an agreement sooner rather than later.

"It's a big thing, but we've got until the middle of June to get it done, so there's still time," the Racing Point boss told Motorsport.com. "The good news is that in F1, we're used to working quickly and fast.

"I think we've made a lot of progress, and this is going to end up being a compromise. A lot of people have said with every good compromise no one's really happy, and I can see that. From our perspective, I think the FIA and FOM are trying to do the right thing.

"They're trying to bring the field closer together, trying to make the sport less costly, introducing a cost-cap so that if we do really well on revenue and sponsorship there's bit of a profit at the end, and the sport is sustainable.

"And the other underlying thing is it's got to stay at the pinnacle of motor sport, which is great. What's wrong with that? It's just how do you do it. The how do you do it bit will inevitably upset somebody, no one's ever going to be happy."

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