Fresh push for cost cuts

Attempts to get a dramatic reduction in testing put in place for next season will be given fresh impetus next week when Formula 1 teams will meet again in a bid to get the necessary agreement needed for changes to be made

Fresh push for cost cuts

Following the dramatic series of meetings at the Brazilian Grand Prix where Ferrari was left alone in not backing plans to limit testing and push for a control tyre situation, the teams will convene again to try and get the necessary unanimous agreement.

The meeting, scheduled for November 9, will provide the first chance since the Interlagos weekend for the nine teams in agreement to try and get Ferrari to change its mind - even though the team's sporting director Jean Todt has made it clear that he is not won over by the planned changes.

Only last week, BAR boss David Richards called on Todt to prove how great his team is by accepting the cost cutting initiatives - even though they would likely erase some of the team's advantage at the head of the field.

"I just look at great teams and great characters, I look at Valentino Rossi and he was in a dominant position with Honda," said Richards. "How many more world championships could he have won had he stayed with them?

"He didn't do that. He went to the underdog; he undertook a great challenge and showed he could do it again. Those are great people and I think Ferrari should accept that a change of circumstances would prove their strength and would prove how great they are. The sport needs it."

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