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In Bahrain recently, Mercedes and Red Bull team principals Toto Wolff and Christian Horner led the argument that teams need at least an extra $300,000 to 400,000 each beyond the new $145 million budget cap to cover the extra cost of the additional racing on three Saturdays this season.
F1 plans to substitute three traditional race qualifying sessions this season with 30-minute sprint races to set the grid for Sunday’s race. The first trial of the new sprint qualifying format is planned for Silverstone on the July 17-18 race weekend.
F1 CEO Domenicali disputed the initial cost figures thrown out by the leaders of the sport’s top to teams.
“The difference (in cost) is not as big as it is made out to be,” Domenicali said. “If we ask for compensation for everything we want to try, we will never get there. We shouldn’t lose sight of the big picture.”
German broadcaster RTL and other European media outlets are claiming that Domenicali has in fact reached a financial deal with the teams that clears the way for the sprint qualifying trial to begin at Silverstone. RTL said teams have agreed to be compensated to the tune of $500,000 each for the trial of the new race weekend format. A larger pool of money is available in the event of a care receiving crash damage during one of the sprint qualifiers.
Domenicali had said he wanted a resolution to the issue by next weekend’s race weekend at Imola.
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