Mosley believes rules will boost overtaking

FIA president Max Mosley will be 'surprised and disappointed' if Formula One's 2009 rules overhaul does not result in more overtaking

Mosley believes rules will boost overtaking

An almost complete aerodynamic revamp, allied to the reintroduction of slick tyres and the use of KERS, has been introduced in a bid to spice up the racing next year - following growing complaints about the lack of overtaking in F1.

And although early running of 2009 aero parts has left teams with mixed feelings about how much better the racing will be next year, Mosley is pretty confident that things will improve.

"The 2009 aerodynamic regulations were developed by three of the top Formula One engineers, aided by an extensive wind tunnel programme," he said in an interview with the official Formula One website.

"I have no means of judging whether they have got it right, but if they have not, it will be surprising and disappointing. In addition, the KERS system, if fitted, will make a significant difference to overtaking by giving a car an 80hp boost for up to six seconds each lap."

Mosley also believes that the FIA's decision to equalise engine performance next year, which means Renault are allowed to make improvement to their power unit, will help even up the contest on track.

Speaking about how that decision came about, Mosley said: "The only problem with the original engine freeze was that in rectifying reliability problems, some teams appear to have gained somewhat in performance. We simply intend to ensure that the sporting contest remains fair."

As well as the changes to the regulations, the FIA has also introduced a revamp of its stewarding processes - which will make them more transparent next year.

Mosley believes this in particular will help avoid a repeat of the huge controversy caused in the immediate aftermath of Lewis Hamilton's penalty in the Belgian Grand Prix.

"This change was prompted because people were criticising the stewards' decisions without having the information which the stewards had," he explained.

"The obvious way to deal with this is to make that information generally available. Once people understand why a decision was made, they will be less likely to disagree with it and any criticism will be informed rather than uninformed."

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