Fixing Formula 1’s revenue distribution is the single most importance problem the sport must solve, says Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams, who called other issues “red herrings”.
“I think we need to be clear with Pirelli on what we do want,” said Williams. “We obviously have this target letter when we all met with Pirelli a couple of years ago. I think Pirelli feel that they have delivered against that and we just do need to be clear.
“Invariably different teams are going to have different opinions based on how are you able to manage your tyre with the car that you’ve got. Drivers are going to have different opinions on what what tyres they want. I think it’s just coming up with a solution that is sensible for the teams, the drivers and Pirelli that makes it easy to stick with that.
“We’ve got the 18-inch tyres coming on and then there’s debate around should we revert back to 13. We’ve got to set a path, stick to it and then make the supporting elements of that work for it.”
However Williams said the issue of income is far more important to her team than tyre specifications.
“If we’re going to improve the sport and improve the show, you can’t just focus on one element. You can’t just point the finger of blame on the tyres. It’s a lot of stuff that’s a contributing factor.
“Not least for us, our opinion certainly is that the financial side of Formula 1 needs to be resolved. The distribution of income in particular needs to be resolved. The cost cap needs to be finalised and written in stone.
“That’s really for me will give us the fundamental platform to create a better show I think conversations about other things could be somewhat [of a] red herring. For me, if you have a more equitable equitable distribution of income, you’re going to get, inevitably, better racing.”
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