Mosley defends rule changes

FIA president Max Mosley has given his explanation of the sweeping rule changes for next year's World Rally Championship. The changes have, in general, been unpopular with teams for their immediate future planning, but Mosley suggests that they are in the long-term interests of the sport.

Mosley defends rule changes

Speaking to WRC Radio, Moseley explained the general philosophy behind the new regulations: "The main reason is cost reduction. We are trying very hard to get the costs down in some sensible region because if we don't we are going to lose a lot of the manufacturers and other teams from the rally championship.

Hyundai have recently withdrawn from world rallying, whilst Ford remain uncertain that their budget will be able to cope with the new regulations.

"Probably next year we will only have four manufacturers, whereas we had six this year," continued Mosley. "It is quite clear that unless we do something to eliminate a lot of the costs we will lose even more.

"Also, we need to bring new manufacturers in and they are not going to come in while the costs are at the sort of level as they were in 2003."

The decision to add two far-flung rallies to the crowded schedule has not been welcomed by the majority of teams, but Mosley says the move was properly thought through.

"It was certainly necessary to bring in Mexico and Japan. The actual increase in costs from going from 14 to 16 rounds is far smaller than the reduction in costs that comes from the elimination of gravel cars, the reduction in length of each event, the elimination of the necessity of a serious manufacturer to run three cars and so on."

"What we must do it try to keep things sensible and stable and not change things unnecessarily," Mosley continued. "It is one of the problems in complex sports like motor sport. There is this tendency to change constantly. One mustn't do that because it destabilises, it costs money

"Our ambition is to get up to be as big and as important as Formula One. The World Rally Championship could be the equivalent to the Formula One World Championship."

shares
comments
World Council approves WRC changes

Previous article

World Council approves WRC changes

Next article

Solberg hits major trouble in shakedown

Solberg hits major trouble in shakedown
Load comments
How Finland’s newest rally hero made WRC history in Estonia Plus

How Finland’s newest rally hero made WRC history in Estonia

Kalle Rovanpera broke a decade-old record in becoming the World Rally Championship's youngest-ever winner in a truly dominant performance on Estonia's fast gravel roads. Staving off the challenge of Hyundai's Craig Breen, his committed drive showed a maturity beyond his 20 years that gives Toyota's post-Ogier era a far brighter complexion

WRC
Jul 19, 2021
How WRC's new Safari adventure ended with a familiar tale Plus

How WRC's new Safari adventure ended with a familiar tale

The World Rally Championship’s delayed return to the Safari Rally was always set throw up some surprises, but aside from a spirited showing by Thierry Neuville it became another painful event for Hyundai in 2021. Once again it was Sebastien Ogier who took full advantage as he completed a stunning comeback drive

WRC
Jun 28, 2021
Remembering Colin McRae’s final WRC win Plus

Remembering Colin McRae’s final WRC win

The Safari Rally returns to the World Rally Championship this weekend for the first time since 2002 - when crowd favourite Colin McRae set aside the maximum attack style for which he was renowned to deliver a textbook third win

WRC
Jun 23, 2021
How Hyundai's broken record gave Toyota a special Sardinia 1-2 Plus

How Hyundai's broken record gave Toyota a special Sardinia 1-2

For the second WRC gravel rally in a row, a promising Friday for Hyundai turned into desolation as Toyota gratefully picked up the pieces. This time it was championship leader Sebastien Ogier who took full advantage after Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo retired to score a memorable victory, having swept the road on the first two days

WRC
Jun 7, 2021
How Hyundai's latest self-destruction handed Evans Portugal victory Plus

How Hyundai's latest self-destruction handed Evans Portugal victory

At one point Hyundai held the top three positions in Portugal, but when trouble struck the Korean marque's two leading chargers, a grateful Elfyn Evans was on hand to see off Hyundai third man Dani Sordo and become the third different winner in four rallies

WRC
May 24, 2021
Why the success of AVB's WRC debut won't be defined on the stages Plus

Why the success of AVB's WRC debut won't be defined on the stages

Three years after a Dakar Rally crash resulted in him being airlifted to hospital, Andre Villas-Boas is preparing to make his debut on his home round of the World Rally Championship later this month. His goals for the event are modest, but the same cannot be said for the charities he plans to promote where his true impact could be felt

WRC
May 13, 2021
Why there's no easy fix for Hyundai's operational Achilles Heel Plus

Why there's no easy fix for Hyundai's operational Achilles Heel

Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo was vocal in his criticism of his team's tyre choices on Rally Croatia and declared that he "had better move my ass and solve it". Doing so will be vital to getting Hyundai's 2021 WRC title hopes back on track, but finding the root of the problem won't be the work of a moment

WRC
Apr 28, 2021
How Ogier held on after a shock bump in the road to triumph in Croatia Plus

How Ogier held on after a shock bump in the road to triumph in Croatia

Sebastien Ogier was already in an incredibly tight fight at Rally Croatia before a surprise collision with public road traffic at the start of the final day. But the defending champion held his nerve to take a narrow victory and create further World Rally Championship history

WRC
Apr 26, 2021