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Force India chief believes spending caps will bring competition back to F1.

Formula One's 2021 plans should get rid of tiers, according to Force India COO

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Force India chief Otmar Szafnauer believes that the proposed overhaul of Formula One in 2021 will narrow the gap between the best teams and the rest of the field.

Currently three teams in Mercedes, Red Bull, and Ferrari have supremacy over the rest of the field, with one of the three having won every race since the opening of the 2013 season.

Last year's fourth best team overall Force India didn't even make the podium once.

Chief operating office Otmar Szafnauer believes that the proposals for caps and revised distribution of funds presented by Liberty Media and the FIA earlier this month will bring more competition to the sport. 

Szafnauer told Autosport: "The person who can spend the most wins to, in the future, the person who spends the smartest wins.

"The two tiers are defined by your budget. What restricts us is the budget that we have to enable us to do many experiments to produce what's optimal.

"If you don't have the budget to produce it instantly, it lags coming to the track from the time you found the improvement.

"If you've got the money, you'll have the parts tomorrow. You'll either get a bigger supplier base or buy the machinery yourself to make it.

"Once the cost cap comes in and we're all spending the same amount, all that stuff goes away. That should bring the field together."

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Among the dissenting voices speaking out against the changes, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has suggested that the $150 million budget cap simply isn't achievable for F1's biggest teams.

Szafnauer has dismissed these complaints, however, with his team having managed consecutive fourth-place finishes on a budget beneath the suggested cap and the lowest of the 10 teams.

"The number they've come up with is sensible, over the last two years we were the fourth-place team and we spent significantly lower than what that target is.

"You've got to compromise. Maybe the right compromise is everyone is equally happy or equally unhappy.

"For us, ideally the target should be lower but that would be unfair to somebody else."

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