An agreement on a budget cap for motorcycle suppliers seems in the making, reports Auto, Motor und Sport. The agreement would open the doors for new entrants, such as Audi and Porsche.
The budget ceiling is already active from 2021. For example, Formula 1 teams are not allowed to spend more than $145 million a year. There are some exceptions, such as the salary of the drivers and managers, but marketing also falls outside the budget cap. The ceiling is expected to fall further in the coming years. The rule does not yet apply to engine suppliers, but that is about to change.
‘Agree in outline’
There would be an outline agreement on a cost ceiling for the engine suppliers. This will not only apply from 2026, but the limitation should also apply to current engines. The proposal is that engine suppliers are allowed to spend a maximum of 100 million dollars per year. For 2026, when a new engine specification is introduced, there is one more exception and a maximum of $130 million can be spent. In subsequent years, this amount should be reduced. The details of the proposal are not yet known.
The motorcycle regulations are especially closely monitored by new entrants. The Volkswagen Group is interested in Formula 1 and would like to bring brands such as Audi and Porsche to the sport. It is then important to manufacture a cheaper engine. It has already been decided before that the MGU-H will disappear. The new regulations must be finalized on 15 December and it is expected that the Volkswagen Group will also make a decision around that time.