Quite. And eighteen months is not enough time for anyone, not Liberty, not Father Christmas, to undo all the damage.
Let's take an example of two manufacturer teams. FOM payments to Ferrari are nearly 3.5 times those made to Renault. That is totally destructive of competition. But there are legally binding contracts. Even without such contracts, would Ferrari happily give up the difference? They have, unsurprisingly, hinted they might not be happy.
We all have keyboards and perfect insight; come on folks, how would you have solved that?
I know there are contracts, I do not think Ferrari's is the same 100 year one Liberty bought, much as I am a Ferrari fan the FIA, FOM and whoever else is contractually held by the various over payments to some teams should put them on notice.
Dear 'xxx', this letter serve to advise we will be re-negotiting all aspects of our current contarct upon it's expiration on '.. date.. ', we invite you to early negotiations, time and place at your convenience. Failing a new contract being in place by the expiration of our current contract we will unilatterally create one for you to participate in the F1 World Championships under.
As far as I understand it the contracts will all expire before the 2021 or 2022 season, I have no issue in waiting for betterment if I trusted the betterment would in actuality happen. My 'soul' of F1.
Do not need a single manufacturers involvement.
Does not need any road relevancy.
Would not mandate pitstops and multiple tire compounds.
Would not in any way encourage fuel saving.
Would not be locked in to one engine configuration.
No pit to car telemetry.
No car to pit telemetry.
Only setting driver can change during race will be brake balance front and rear.
Would mandate 'x' square meters of wings and barge boards.
12 races in a season.
Monaco and Montreal only city tracks.
There is more, you get my drift of how old style I would go.