F1 bosses warned of risks of rules overhaul for 2017 season

Senior team figures believe Formula 1's decision-makers must avoid making sweeping rule changes amid plans for a revolutionary overhaul in 2017

F1 bosses warned of risks of rules overhaul for 2017 season

F1 chiefs want to revamp the sport within the next two years to improve its public appeal, with plans for a return to 1000bhp engines among the goals.

However, Williams performance chief Rob Smedley argues that not only is the current standard of racing "very good" but a major regulation change will only serve to benefit teams with bigger budgets and not necessarily improve the show.

"We need to leave it alone in the main," said Smedley.

"We should perhaps think about stopping tampering with it rather than thinking we are going to create a new set of rules that is going to fix everything.

"Every time you create new rules, you'll usually find the people with bigger resources, the cleverest thinking or those who stop working on the current generation of Formula 1 cars come out with a big gap.

"We do have to seriously think about not changing everything. The racing is very good.

"We have Ferrari and Mercedes and that's making for some good races. Behind them, there is some good racing."

Lotus technical director Nick Chester agreed with Smedley, adding that a major rule change will actually widen the field rather than result in closer racing.

"People forget the racing is quite good," he said. "The cars are improving, we're seeing two seconds improvement from last year, so do we really need a huge change of regulation?

"It is going to open up the grid again, there will be bigger differences between teams and it will also add a lot of cost.

"We should not forget that the show is actually not bad at the moment."

Mercedes boss Paddy Lowe said that while drastic changes are not needed, changes to the sporting regulations could be made to improve the show at minimal cost.

"In terms of rules changes, it's not absolutely clear we need to change the cars radically," he said.

"Performance will increase anyway through normal development.

"An interesting area is in the sporting regulations. There are a lot of things we can do to improve show without spending a whole of lot of money.

"We have been discussing the use of tyres and how they are allocated.

"We're on the look-out for people to come out with ideas but I still say that in my view, the sport isn't in bad shape."

shares
comments
F1 Spanish GP: Vettel says Mercedes still has a gap to Ferrari

Previous article

F1 Spanish GP: Vettel says Mercedes still has a gap to Ferrari

Next article

Spanish Grand Prix FIA Friday press conference transcript

Spanish Grand Prix FIA Friday press conference transcript
Load comments
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Plus

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton Plus

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Plus

Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021