CarlosFerreira wrote:BB01 wrote:It wouldn't be motorsport if there weren't some rule bending. Its certainly an interesting proposition. What would be there to stop a Formula 1 team setting up a LMP1 team? Let's face it, they'll have a lot more money around if they cut their "official" spending by 300m euro, so its not like they couldn't afford it. I realise LMP1 cars are sportscars but there must be some significant technology overlap between them. And racing in another series would mean more sponsorship money, so they could make more money than they currently are.
I'm not sure about the last part. There has to be some sort of diminishing marginal returns to investment in competition, or else everyone would be in every single category.
But sure, nothing would stop teams developing and testing specific tech in other series; my point was they might pay some consultancy (like Lola...) to test these specific technologies for them - for instance, the pharmaceitical industry has been sub-contracting the testing of new medicines to companies that specialise in that business area.
That's true, there might be some diminishing returns but the point i was making was that there would be no reason for the amount of sponsorship attracted to a team to decrease, just because their spending is being limited, therefore potentially leaving them with enough money to compete in another series with all the extra money they've made on F1, even if they couldn't attract a sponsor for the other series. In real life, that wouldn't happen because they would always be able to attract some sponsorship, even if it wasn't enough to support the program for the other series on its own.
It all may be moot point now, given what FOTA has announced.