Zak Brown: "Formula 1 is in a very fragile state"

The head of McLaren assured that four teams could disappear due to the effects of the coronavirus.

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The team leaders of the F1 held a videoconference to discuss budget cuts in response to the reduction in income that is causing the crisis of the coronavirus.

"You have everyone at $ 150 million and the vast majority, including one of the great teams, are willing to go substantially below $ 150 million," said Zak Brown, the head of McLarenIn the with the BBC.

The budget cap for the 2021 campaign has already been lowered from 175 million Initial and technical changes were delayed a year to allow teams to use the same cars as 2020.

Coronavirus: Formula 1 will seek to reschedule the Chinese Grand PrixBrown warned that the coronavirus crisis has left F.1 in a "Very fragile state" with the start of the season delayed by two months to mid-June at the earliest. "I could see four teams disappear if this is not handled in the right way," the McLaren executive warned.

Brown is pushing for a budget cap of 100 million next year, but would compromise 125 millionaccording to the BBC, who said the resistance comes from Red Bull y Ferrari.

“A couple of teams are putting their sporting interests far ahead of the common good. They are missing the point that they really risk putting the sport in jeopardy and that we could all lose. " admitted

Mercedes, the other member of the so-called Big Three in terms of finances, is more sympathetic to McLaren's position, according to the BBC.

McLaren was the first team to lay off personnel amid the global pandemic, while its drivers, the Spanish Carlos Sainz and English Lando Norris, have given up part of their wages.

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