Former F1 engineer Pat Symonds has claimed he has “zero sympathy” for price range cap complaints amid remarks from crew bosses together with Christian Horner. Symonds hit again at groups for “whinging” about following the associated fee cap rules.
The previous Williams man even hinted groups ought to simply react to elevated prices by making powerful choices on their growth programme. Talking at Autosport Worldwide. Symonds stated: “I spent 42 years as an inventor in System 1, I all the time had a price cap – we known as it a price range. And that was the quantity we’re allowed to spend.
“Once I hear sure folks whinging on in regards to the truth ‘oh, we’ve had an accident, so , we want extra money’. Yeah, I’ve had accidents as nicely. And I bear in mind one yr we had a really, excellent growth programme going, and we had a type of durations in Monza onwards, I can’t bear in mind what yr it was [but] it was within the 90s, and we simply had accident after accident after accident.
“The price range didn’t change, so we needed to cease the event programme we have been engaged on – so I’ve barely lower than zero sympathy.”
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By October, Pink Bull have been discovered responsible of breaking the 2021 price range ca[ rules after spending an extra £432,000 ($500,000). The team were slapped with a major fine and also handed a 10 per cent reduction in wind tunnel testing and CFD development.
Horner then hit back at the penalty as a “draconian” measure which could cost the team half a second per lap in 2023. Haas boss Guenther Steiner has also been fearful of F1’s budget cap after Mick Schumacher suffered a series of heavy crashes in 2022.
He wrote off his car in a massive qualifying shunt in Saudi Arabia and then suffered accidents in Monaco and Japan. But, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff revealed there was an “allowance” within the cost cap to adjust figures for big crashes.
This means teams will be allowed to spend extra if there is a need to build a new chassis.