Post by geoff Post by Bobster
A lot of that money is not FIA's.
A surprising number of things are only possible because of
volunteers. A friend of mine works at Glastonbury every year for free
- and there are lots of others that do the same.
Maybe more of it should be, rather than the FIA and volunteers
effectively subsidising FOM. Amazing that Bernie never got fatter really.
I think it'd be that way with or without FOM. I occasionally go to historic racing up the road from me. The marshals, the scrutineers etc are all volunteers.
These sorts of payments to support staff were never really the teams problem, they wanted their fees and the promoter had to take care of the costs of everything. FOM was originally there to represent the interests of the teams. Early on Bernie would extract as much as he could from the promoters, take his fee off and the rest went to the teams.
I don't think it would be any different without FOM. I would expect that many other pro series rely on volunteers. The volunteers aren't recruited by or work for FOM nor, directly, FIA.
Interestingly the statement from FIA doesn't thank those who make Grand Prix happen, it thanks the volunteers who give of their time at all levels of the sport.
It'd be interesting to find out who was at that function. Just the guys serving at the race, or did the Spanish ASN invite volunteers from all over and give them a chance of a selfie and tickets for quallies?