Liberty Media should increase payments to Formula One’s smaller teams in order to improve the racing, says Sergio Perez.
Speaking during today’s press conference Perez said F1’s new owners should make the change to make the racing better.
“I would love to see Formula One a lot closer, the competition a lot closer, closer teams, giving the midfield teams the opportunity to be capable of winning a race, fighting for titles,” said Perez.
“I think that would be just something great for the fans to see one race Williams on top, another race another team, that would just be very good and for that you need to change the system, how you divide the money because there’s obviously a massive difference, so I think that would be a very good thing for the sport.”
Force India has brought a complaint against Formula One to the European Union claiming its distribution of payments is anti-competitive. The complaint is supported by Sauber, whose driver Felipe Nasr endorsed Perez’s view.
“I think the most important thing is to see closer competition between the cars,” he said, “I think that’s what I hear from people or from fans – they always like to see more fighting on track between car, between teams.”
Renault’s Jolyon Palmer also said closer racing is “the main thing” F1 needs.
“At the moment, we turn up for a weekend and we pretty much know maybe it’s two, four, maximum six drivers can win the race but it would be nice to turn up here and think maybe, you know, Williams can win or maybe Force India or maybe someone can put in a big surprise.”
“I think that’s the biggest thing which would change a lot of fan involvement and make it a lot more interesting to watch.”
Every F1 race since the opening round of 2013 has been won by one of three teams: Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.
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