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Financial inbalance

New 1. August 17, 2020 10:37 am
Town
Vienna
Team
Austria Lucky Fips R242
Division 1
Is it just me or is it got almost impossible to run a team at a high level without loosing a lot of money every week?

The issues I see:
a, Fans do not pay much for over a season
They used to be a big part of the income until season 22 (approx 20-50%, based on the result in the race)

b, cost for drivers and staff increased dramatically


In my point of view the financial balance is not maintainable any longer with a performing team.

Even the costs of letting people go is far to high, based on wage and remaining run time of the contract.
New 2. August 17, 2020 01:47 pm
Author
Team
Bahrain DDog Racing
Division 2.1
Likewise - it's going to get to the stage with drivers that a team develops them as youth drivers, uses them as main drivers for a season or two, then has to let their contracts expire because of crazy wage demands. Same with staff, get them cheap then let them go once their demands get ridiculous.

On the other hand, it's a challenge - but only if every team is in a similar position (i.e. not with multiple hundred millions in the bank).
New 3. August 18, 2020 01:09 pm
Author
Team
Bahrain DDog Racing
Division 2.1
Plus the problem with scaling prize money with division is that it makes it harder for newly promoted teams to compete with established teams in their new division, as they will have less prize money from the previous season. And if staff win bonuses aren't also scaled, then relegated teams are really going to struggle financially. Not sure this has been fully thought through.
New 4. August 18, 2020 08:09 pm
Town
Vienna
Team
Austria Lucky Fips R242
Division 1
prize money scaling...
pro - it is less attractive to sandback to make easy money in div 3
con - it is dangerous for teams that get relegated cause of faulty suppliers but with a full blown hq and expensive staff

release clause for relegation does not work as well - people do not leave the team when the team gets relegated - the only thing that happens is that the "allow to leave immediately flag" is activated. when a person has a long term contract that does mean nothing because most persons start negotiation in the last season of the contract.

I try to reduce costs and hire cheap drivers/staff, even when it means that I am in danger of getting relegated - but that would mean that I need to downsize the hq because I will get even less money and that would weaken my team additionally - in the long run I can win div 1 when all other teams are broke - but I don't see much fun in that.

New 5. August 19, 2020 09:08 am
Town
Lokeren
Team
Belgium Skylark Racing
Division 3.9
I'm currently working something out which acts as a replacement for the fans income. The fans income was never supposed to be that high, and I have always wanted to do something different with that. I'll give some more info soon when I have more information.
New 6. August 22, 2020 05:54 am
Town
Shinshiro, Aichi, Japan
Team
- I don't see the issue states the manager with over quarter of billion in the bank and still making an income in most weeks.

- I also don't have the biggest or greatest yet (HQ5)

- I also don't have more then three driver (only need two) at under $1m for all three

- I am designer heavy ( 5 Designers) all signed under $1.1m or average of 220K

- I also have favorable deals still from before the changes as I have a strong commercial I play only $2000

New 7. September 6, 2020 01:55 pm
Town
Vienna
Team
Austria Lucky Fips R242
Division 1
-having lower tier hq save money, but reduces the points generated, good enough for a midfield div 2 team, but close to relegation in div 1

-saving money on drivers help, but need a very strong car and state of the art supplier to compensate - otherwise it is div 2

- the amount of designers is irrelevant, weak and cheap designers decreases the overall performance drastically - so they weaken stronger designers massively. I run 2 semi decent ones - super expensive, but needed to save money on drivers

- lucky you, my designers are worth their money on wage, and they are not to expensive

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