March 26, 2019 / 10:35 PM / 3 months ago

Formula One and FIA present 2021 rules package to teams

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One and the governing FIA presented teams with a detailed post-2021 vision for the sport at a meeting in London on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: FIA President Jean Todt listens during a news conference in St. Petersburg, Russia December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

The sport’s current commercial agreements expire at the end of 2020 and U.S.-based commercial rights holders Liberty Media want to create a more level playing field and more competitive racing.

The global package presented put flesh on the bones of a presentation to teams and other stakeholders in Bahrain a year ago, and also provided reassurance that Liberty have not been standing still in the meantime.

It includes thorny subjects such as a cost cap and redistribution of revenues as well as changes to the sporting and technical regulations, power unit rules and sporting governance.

“The day opened with a meeting of the Strategy Group and was followed by a meeting of the F1 Commission,” the Formula One website said.

A Formula One source said there was no vote on the 2021 regulations and none had been planned. Teams are racing in Bahrain this weekend, the second round of the 21 race championship.

FIA President Jean Todt told reporters earlier this month that engine regulations had already been sent to the teams while the cost control initiative was “quite well advanced”.

The Strategy Group includes six teams as voting members — Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Williams and Renault — but the remaining four were able to attend on Tuesday as observers.

The FIA’s Formula One commission includes all the teams as well as race promoter and sponsor representatives.

Formula One chairman Chase Carey said at the season-opening race in Australia that he expected plenty of debate in the weeks and months to come.

“There are 10 different views on the details. It is not unique in the world to try to find compromises,” Carey said at the time.

Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, the three top teams, have expressed concerns about the cost cap while Ferrari are also reluctant to see their special historical privileges watered down and their share of the revenues reduced.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis

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