The implementation of a spending limit in Formula 1 has turned every accident or breakdown into a real headache for the teams.
With a ceiling imposed by regulations, the budget for the 2022 car development It is limited to how much can be saved in 2021, which implies that saving cars from breakdowns or accidents becomes not only a sports priority but also a financial one for each team.
With this focus in mind, a user of Reddit has made a particular World Cup: the Formula 1 destruction world championship. ‘Bass24proChevy‘has made a ranking based on how much it costs each team for the repairs required by their pilots, establishing as scales the prices of each piece to be replaced:
- Front wing: 144,000 euros
- ‘Bargeboards’ (side wings): 79,000 euros
- Monohull: 575,000 euros
- Front suspension: 106,000 euros
- Wheel: 1,700 euros
- Side air intakes: 68,000 euros
- Rear suspension: 85,000 euros
- Complete chassis: 234,000 euros
- Land: 64,000 euros
- Gearbox: 426,000 euros
- Electronic circuit: 43,000 euros
- Brakes: 8,500 euros
Depending on the accidents, breakdowns and setbacks that have required putting new parts in each car, this user has made his particular World Championship that, after the Italian GP, is commanded by the same man who does it in the general championship of the normal championship: Max verstappen.
The impetus and aggressiveness of the Dutch driver is costing him dearly. Red Bull, that despite going first they are letting themselves a huge amount in repairing the flaws caused by each excess of optimism on the part of its leader, or each blow suffered by a rival.
In Monza he was largely to blame (not all) for the accident with Lewis hamilton, and for this he has been sanctioned with 3 positions for the Russian GP, although at Silverstone he had nothing to do when the British kicked him off the track. Total, Red Bull has already spent 3,444,056 euros in the Dutchman’s car, which is more than three times what it cost Mercedes to repair the car of the seven-time champion and top rival.
At the opposite pole from Verstappen stands Fernando Alonso. The veteran Asturian driver has hardly been a problem for Alpine’s coffers, and it only cost the French team 145,000 euros in total, for the touch with the wall he had in the first free practice of the Monaco GP. Since then, his car has remained intact and he has not required to go through the workshop to review ‘sheet and paint’.
While in the case of Verstappen that cost at least serves to make it a leader, there are others that are very expensive in relation to their performance. It is the case of Mick schumacher, which is second to last in the F1 World Championship but in this particular ranking it is 2nd, with more than 2.7 million cost for the Haas team.
Classification of the ‘Formula 1 World Destruction’ *
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull): 3,444,056 euros
- Mick Schumacher (Haas): 2,757,906 euros
- Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes): 2,576,263 euros
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari): 2,097,580 euros
- Nicholas Latifi (Williams): 1,956,036 euros
- Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri): 1,940,688 euros
- Lando Norris (McLaren): 1,586,124 euros
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari): 1,540,075 euros
- Lance Stroll (Aston Martin): 1,388,285 euros
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 896,245 euros
- George Russell (Williams): 835,699 euros
- Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri): 777,712 euros
- Nikita Mazepin (Haas): 768,332 euros
- Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo): 688,124 euros
- Sergio Pérez (Red Bull): 618,203 euros
- Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo): 584,096 euros
- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren): 539,755 euros
- Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin): 423,789 euros
- Esteban Ocon (Alpine): 315,497 euros
- Fernando Alonso (Alpine): 144,958 euros
* Figures after the Italian GP of Formula 1, 14th Grand Prix of 2021.