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An Engineering Salary Cap to Spread Talent - Would it work in F1?


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#1 aguri

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 04:38

F1 is fairly specialised and doesn't really have a huge competing series on the same scale.

 

Would there be merit in the FIA implementing a salary cap of X Million dollars on the top 5 employee's of every F1 team (drivers excluded) in order to spread the engineering talent around and curb long term dominance. 

 

Taking the example of team like Red Bull. Having Horner and Newey would chew up so much cap space that the next 3 or so top personal in the team would either have to accept a lower wage or move to another team in order to earn their market wage.

 

Surely this would shake things up a bit and lead to some more herculean engineering performances by mid field teams every now and then? 



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#2 RedRabbit

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 05:33

There's nothing wrong with the level of talent or experience in the lower teams. They're hamstrung by overall budget.



#3 HaydenFan

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 06:08

Does it work in sports in the U.S.? Not at all! People still join the teams that can offer to pay the best. And even still, it is not comparable to F1. Like mentioned, the engineering staffs are pretty equal, as they are more forced to work within the budgets. Sad the rules do not allow the lower budgets to "play" more with various ways of trying to take risks, but F1 is still the most equal it has really been.

 

But going back to stick and ball sports with salary caps. They are intended to cap the biggest costs of the teams; salaries of players. Unlike in racing where the development is where the enormous costs lie. While salaries are one of the biggest costs of the development, they are not what separates Mercedes from Marussia. 

 

Maybe if you are able to do what stick and ball sports do and cap roster numbers, if might equal it out even more. Cap the staffs to "x" number. Some teams have huge engineering staffs, numbering in the dozens, if not hundreds. Whereas some teams work with a handful of people. That is where a cap would be more effective. 

 

Would cut costs of F1, but ultimately what is the point? Still have 4-5 teams that are extremely competitive. 3-4 that can challenge for wins, or at the very least podiums on a weekly basis. Not since the 70's can that be said in F1. Are we trying to attract more teams? Because that is not due to costs, as more the FIA/FOM regulations restricting the process of setting up a Grand Prix team. Which are set up to make the sport more equal. Create a situation where only the most financially secure teams are at least given a chance at the grid. No one and done teams. 



#4 GrumpyYoungMan

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 06:09

No as it would move resources in to Technology companies away from F1 to hide the costs...



#5 GT Racing Online Magazine

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 06:20

Horner is an engineer?

 

There is no talent deficit in F1 when it comes to engineers - the Newey-legend clouds peoples minds into thinking that F1 is still about the lone genius inventor locked into some room designing the car. The difference comes from how much money they can put into R&D and how they organize/manage the departments.



#6 PayasYouRace

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 06:51

F1 is fairly specialised and doesn't really have a huge competing series on the same scale.

 

Would there be merit in the FIA implementing a salary cap of X Million dollars on the top 5 employee's of every F1 team (drivers excluded) in order to spread the engineering talent around and curb long term dominance. 

 

Taking the example of team like Red Bull. Having Horner and Newey would chew up so much cap space that the next 3 or so top personal in the team would either have to accept a lower wage or move to another team in order to earn their market wage.

 

Surely this would shake things up a bit and lead to some more herculean engineering performances by mid field teams every now and then? 

 

You'd have to limit far more than just the top 5 employees to have any sort of effect I would think.

 

Oh and you'd have to define employee so as to included external contractors, like those employed by Red Bull Technology.