–by Mark Cipolloni–
Otmar Szafnauer wants the FIA to make exceptions in the cost cap for facility upgrades like it granted Aston Martin to build their new state-of-the-art Wind Tunnel.
Under the current cost cap limits, Alpine are finding it tough to make the money available for a new simulator at their Enstone factory, which is why they want the FIA to help out and make exceptions.
The sport’s governing body did make an exception for Aston Martin’s new wind tunnel at their Silverstone base which Szafnauer believes means they can do the same for Alpine.
“Our current simulator is 15 to 20 years old. It’s an old McLaren model,” Szafnauer said to Auto Motor Und Sport. “We ordered a new, modern simulator a month ago. But it’s going to be one and a half to two years to go until we get it. That’s just how long it takes for things to get built.
“We have to talk to the FIA that necessary investments do not fall under the budget cap. Otherwise, you are trapped with your existing infrastructure.
“We have to build a new transmission test bench for 2026. There is no room for other measures. Certain projects should be outside the budget cap, such as the Aston Martin wind tunnel, for which an exception was made.
“If it had been taken into account within the current regulations, it would never It would have been done.”