Money talks, and if someone has ambitions to start a breakaway they will no doubt have a bountiful amount of cash with which to fund it. I doubt the FIA would be much of an obstacle.
I don't know. I might be remembering this incorrectly, but I'm sure when FOTA tried to launch a breakaway series all those years ago, there was some story that they wouldn't be allowed to race at the tracks F1 raced at or something?
If that is still the case, then the creators of a breakaway series would face a litany of problems, such as deciding whether it's single spec series, or needs manufacturer involvement. If it's manufacturer based, you need to make it appealing to manufacturers. If it's a single spec series, it means it automatically can't really be seen as a credible rival to F1 anyway. Or even rely on the prestige of manufacturer entries. In which case, how do you convince drivers, or indeed the public, that it is a "rival" to F1 when you don't have 70+ year's worth of history, World Championship status or manufacturers?
I think it's worth remembering that for all the threats and rumours of breakaway series to F1 over the years (wasn't Bernie himself supposedly behind one?), they've all never materialised. Maybe because most of the time they're just a threat rather than anything genuinely serious, but I suspect also just because there's so many stumbling blocks you'd need to clear even before the series began racing. It's not just the simple case of offering drivers a load of money to jump ship. There's a lot that would need to happen before that could even take place.
Setting up a brand new professional racing series isn't easy. Setting up a brand new racing series that also marketed itself as a rival to F1, well, that's just about impossible.
Motorsport has its problems - but I think we should be glad in many ways that it's fairly immune to the sort of thing seen in golf.
Edited by JHSingo, 07 June 2023 - 16:38.