Having denied Nathaniel Powers a large re-signing wage, estimated over £17,000,000, three times the amount the team were going to pay for Will Hoskins, and over twenty times the re-signing Enrique Ruiz cost them, Franklin announced big plans for his team, and why it was simply not possible to re-sign the Championship leader.
Shortly after revealing that Ruiz would be taking Powers' place in the team for next season, Franklin was eager to tell the press the plans for the future of the team.
"It's an exciting time for the team. We have two great drivers signed for next season, and an experienced head in Hirvonen as well. Not only that, but we have given the factory a refurbishment. When we took over it wasn't in the best condition, but we made the most of it because we were so determined to build the best car we could, and spend all of our money on that. Now the place is looking simply fantastic, and it's given a real boost to the team. There's now more space for each department, with far better tools to allow them to work more efficiently, and to be honest, we have seen how much it has improved,"
However, this wasn't the only good news for the British team. It had more announcements to excite any and all fans of the Championship leaders.
"But we have two more pieces of news, which I think are far more significant. Firstly we were able to upgrade our windtunnel model to 60%, which should guarantee more effective updates to our cars, as well as overall more efficiency. It might help us in our fight with Team 23, who seem to have stolen a march on us in terms of car development, but I think the real effect will be seen next season,"
"I think the most exciting news though is our new development program. We understand that University can be very expensive in this country, so we have used some of our finances to create a system, in which we can sponsor up and coming talent. Obviously it can be difficult to spot such talent, but we're working on a system to allow those who want to get into Formula One the opportunity to shine. Examples of this are apprenticeships, and things like that. We want these young people to be given the chances that perhaps weren't possible in the past. Poor financial situations shouldn't stand in the way of anyone's passion to get into the sport. On top of this, we want to implement a system which helps to aid young drivers at the karting level, who again may not be able to afford it. There's only so much we can do, but already our program for engineers has had a huge impact, and we've already signed a few to the team. Things are looking great for the future of the team, that's for sure!"