As the teams cosy together to decide the rules of F1 based on "market research" I was wondering how long this situation will last?
All the current F1 teams are in the sport to try and win. Presumably when they meet each team has an agenda based in it's individual strengths and how they can best direct the rules to their advantage. Surely such competitive demands will ultimately result in this whole thing falling apart as the teams eventually suss out exactly why Ferrari and McLaren want certain things.
For example, the ban in in-season testing is to the detriment of the smaller teams who do not have the same quality of wind tunnels, CFD and simulation systems and who have relied, to an extent, on putting the part onto the car and watching the lap times. This is the same for the drivers. The reports regarding McLaren's driving simulator are that it is about as close to driving an F1 car without actually driving it, I can't imagine Force India have the same set up, although their new arrangement with McLaren might allow them access.
The other major problem for FOTA is Bernie Ecclestone. He has already admitted to paying Ferrari more than any other team to keep them sweet. I would presume a “player" such as Bernie would realise he needs to keep the teams at loggerheads otherwise his influence and control over F1 will start to crumble.
Anyone agree, disagree, have any comments?