Mallya: F1 needs viable cost solution
30 May 2013 – Force India team boss Vijay Mallya has sent out a warning message to the Formula 1 field ahead of the sport's transition from V8 engines to turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 units, explaining that a solution is promptly required to stop costs spiralling out of control.
The Indian businessman, whose squad operates on a smaller budget to the front-runners, says a "winning at any cost" approach is not a sustainable route to take, arguing that common interests must be studied to safeguard the future of all teams.
"On one hand the FIA and FOTA - when it existed in full strength - had resolved that we need to reduce the costs of Formula 1," Mallya explained to the official Formula 1 website. "But rather than reducing costs, one or two teams have decided winning at any cost is more important than the sustainability of the sport, so there is no resource restriction that is implemented, quite contrary to the fact that costs are going up."
The Indian businessman went on to state: "Whether it is the commercial rights holder, the FIA, or the teams themselves, I think it is very necessary that all the important stakeholders sit across the table and find a viable solution. If you only want three or four teams in Formula 1 running three cars each you should proceed in the way it is now. But I think Formula 1 also needs the smaller independent teams as well, so everybody must also look at the common interests - not only the individual interests."