The absence of Marussia and Caterham from the previous round came after months of warnings from the smaller teams about the pressures they faced from the high cost of participating in F1 while they receive considerably less revenue than their rivals.
“I think everyone has known for a long time that there are big issues with the way revenue is distributed in the sport,” said Gastaldi.
“It finally looks like things are going to be addressed on this and with the full co-operation of the teams to actually get things changed, and quickly. The teams know changes need to be made, the fans can see it and now it looks like Bernie can see it too and is going to address it.
“To me and in particular to the team’s shareholders, it just seems wrong that some teams get a significant amount of money for just arriving at the track whereas other teams get nothing. Like any global business there are issues that need to be addressed and of course because F1 is so visible they come to light very publically when teams hit trouble.
“The commercial part of racing is always a hot topic and we need to make some big decisions because F1 cannot afford to lose more of its participants.
“One thing is for sure, the level of spending just to participate in F1 is way too high at present, so it has to be addressed and tough decisions have to be made. Hopefully something positive will come out of the difficult times being faced by Marussia and Caterham recently.”
2014 F1 season
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