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Sauber boss backs 'franchise' system for F1

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Sauber boss backs 'franchise' system for F1
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May 2, 2017, 9:42 AM

Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn says a franchise system would "make sense" for Formula 1, and would help midfield teams shore up a long-term future in the sport.

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Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber C36-Ferrari, Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32
Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber Team Principal
Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber C36
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Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber Team Principal with Guenther Steiner, Haas F1 Team Principal
Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber C36

Kaltenborn opened up on the struggles of the F1 midfield in the latest issue of GP Gazette, outlining her plan for the sport to help ensure smaller teams can survive.

Part of that was a shift to a franchise system, as used in major US sports, which she says would take a lot of the 'fear' away from the midfield teams not flushed with manufacturer money.

"I think it makes sense to have that kind of a system," she said.

"For me the most important thing is that the value of the sport and the value of each team is improved. Because we do ideally want to be in a world where it takes a lot to come in, but then, when you are in, you have a certain income and a certain existence, maybe not guaranteed – that is too strong a word – but given.

"You don't have to fear that you won't be able to exist at this level, because the sport is giving you enough income to have a business that works.

"You don't need to have a huge profit, but one that allows you to be competitive in the sport. Maybe not for the Top 3, but, if you are among 10, in the midfield.

"So that's, I think, the idea behind this and that's something very good for the sport.

"And if we do that kind of a franchise system, I think it's important that the brands which are in the sport are preserved. Because that again adds value to your franchise.

"It's definitely something which will also appeal to people who are thinking about coming into the sport, because they know that what they are getting has a value and their future is in a way safe.

"Because if you fall out of the group, where do you go? There's no league under F1 where you can go and where you can say: 'you are now in the lower league, you can try and come up again.'

"That's not how our sport works.

"So for anybody who wants to invest in the sport, you have to give the comfort that, yes, you can survive in here."

For the full, in-depth one-on-one with Kaltenborn check out the latest issue of GP Gazette right here.

Additional reporting by Erwin Jaeggi

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Author Andrew van Leeuwen