Murray calls for more radical rules

Fabled Formula 1 designer Gordon Murray believes that the new regulations introduced by the FIA to improve the spectacle of grand prix racing have not gone far enough

Murray calls for more radical rules

Speaking at a lecture in South Africa, Murray, who designed championship winning cars for Brabham and McLaren, claimed that the best way to improve Formula 1would be to lift restrictions on car design, which limit the gains engineers can make in developing their cars.

The new regulations introduced by the FIA include single-lap qualifying and a revised points system, but these changes are too small to make a difference, claims Murray. "The first suggestions were just plain silly - with weight penalties and switching drivers - while the new lot are too little, too late," he said. "They won't make a difference; they have not gone far enough by far."

Expressing his belief that the FIA should lift restrictions on the design of cars, Murray added: "The big problem is that the FIA's regulations put all the critical masses in the same place and restrict aerodynamics, so you cannot have any bright ideas. When we were working in the eighties you could find a second or a 20 percent downforce advantage by doing something clever. Today, after working non-stop for 220 days in a windtunnel, an engineer shouts "Eureka" if he finds two percent in total. After 220 non-stop days!"

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