Commenting on F1’s recent regulations changes and the introduction of a long-awaited budget cap next year, Szafnauer believes the sport’s transformation is heading in the right direction in terms of ensuring a more “financially stable” future.
“I believe the decisions we’ve reached as a collective between the teams, F1 and the FIA have put the necessary processes in place to make the sport more financially sustainable and do so over a timescale that’s achievable for everybody.
“Ultimately, it’s in all our interests to keep all the teams in business and to continue providing great racing for the fans.”
F1 will finally get itself into gear next month in Austria, although it will function under strict safety restrictions and within a closed environment.
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But Szafnauer believes that everyone will adapt swiftly to the conditions.
“I think it’s going to feel strange for all of us to be getting on an aeroplane, flying to a different country and heading to a racetrack after such a long time away,” he admitted.
“The setup when we get to the paddock will feel very different too initially, I’m sure – but just as we’ve all adapted to this new normality at home, I’m confident we’ll do so on the road.
“The processes and procedures we’ve implemented to keep everybody safe at the factory will apply just as stringently, if not more so, at the racetrack, so we’re in the best shape we can be.”
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