Can F1 really be a cost leader?

August 18, 2009

Recent suggestions published in German’s Auto Motor und Sport suggest that the basis for cost reduction in F1 may be based around employee numbers. This makes a good deal of sense as it is the one measure that allows direct comparison with the levels of the early nineties, which is the era the F1 teams have agreed to base their cost targets around.

A 1992 Williams FW14B. Will they be able to build the 2010 car with the same budget?

A 1992 Williams FW14B. Will they be able to build the 2010 car with the same budget?

In a previous post (The F1 Grid for 2010 – An Almost Final Version, 24 June 2009), I noted that in 1992 Williams employed 190 people whereas in 2008 the number was 540. The suggestion published in Auto Motor und Sport is that the number of employees travelling to races will be limited to 45 (which is not a huge decrease over the current levels) and factory based personnel will be reduced to 350 in 2010 and 280 in 2011. If these figures are in any way accurate they still have a long way to go to achieve their objective of getting back to the expenditure levels of the early nineties.

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