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F1 must cut out the luxuries, warns Brown

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14/05/2020

Even if the 2020 season does get underway and enough races are held to put together a championship, the sport faces a hard time financially.

The reduced number of races with the resultant loss of hosting fees and sponsor exposure will hit the teams and the sport hard. Though the thought of no races happening doesn't bear thinking about.

With the one bright spot on the horizon being the introduction of a budget cap, McLaren boss, Zak Brown warns that teams must learn to tighten their belts and cut out unnecessary spending.

"I would advocate getting rid of motorhomes immediately," he tells the Sun. "We are spending a tremendous amount of money and while they are nice to have, they are not used that often so are an inefficient spend."

The American also believes that spending on jets could be "cut back", especially, in light of the ongoing pandemic proving that meetings can be successfully held over the likes of Zoom, thereby signalling that a lot of the travel previously undertaken was unnecessary.

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1. Posted by Wokingchap, 14/05/2020 12:56

"I agree with Mr.Brown, a good idea and obvious/essential to save on spending given the present situation."

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2. Posted by trackrecords, 14/05/2020 9:30

"So what are they going to do? Go back to having an awning on the side of the transporter and feed the team and guests there? Or does he mean having an even fancier glass-walled palace every year, but stick with the old one?
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3. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 13/05/2020 18:52

"I think Brown means getting rid of wasteful spending.
The trouble with not being personally at the meeting for any F1 principle or CEO is that they will miss out on the side meetings where the relationships are forged and the real decisions made."

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4. Posted by FQITW, 13/05/2020 15:30

"Is this the same Zak Brown who, a couple of years ago, was going to show the world a whole new way of making a state of the art 'media centre' and a garage area which everyone would be drooling over?"

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5. Posted by Max Noble, 13/05/2020 14:31

"@Editor - our chicken was born wild and free."

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6. Posted by Jezzer, 13/05/2020 13:50

"Cats rule........ but kittens are better"

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7. Posted by Editor, 13/05/2020 12:36

"@ Max Noble

Please ensure it is not chlorinated chicken..."

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8. Posted by Max Noble, 13/05/2020 12:32

"@Editor - I bow before your wisdom and truth! Kittens will get an extra chicken ration this day, and I’ll go without. :-)"

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9. Posted by Editor, 13/05/2020 12:11

"@ Max Noble

I take great exception to your post...

Pets are NOT a luxury, their Humans are the luxury!"

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10. Posted by Max Noble, 13/05/2020 12:03

"All sport is a luxury. The eye watering prices on McLaren road cars are luxury.
French Bree is luxury.
Electric light is luxury.
Pets are luxury.
Not running around half naked eating roots and shoots and slow mammals is a luxury.
LCD screens and theatre rooms are luxury.
(That’s enough luxury’s - Ed)
Eye, plank, surgical removal....?

Zak’s remuneration being 100% redirected to African needy? Luxury!
(Please read in a Yorkshire accent for maximum impact, minimal luxury effect)
Actually if you’re reading this on a latest generation anything (iPad, MacBook Air, PC, smartphone) please burn said item to show your disdain for luxury in all its evil forms....
Senna Edition get behind me!
"

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