Ferrari proposes meeting “for the good of F1″

Ferrari proposes meeting “for the good of F1″


0982LB1D5663Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has called for a meeting between the eleven Formula 1 teams and the powers governing the sport in order to discuss its future and correct what, in his eyes, has been a “wrong turn”.

Montezemolo has been highly critical of Formula 1’s new direction, which has focused on efficiency and cost cutting. Earlier this year in Bahrain, he deemed the sport to have become “taxi cab racing”, only for the drivers to put on a show under the lights of Sakhir.

Now, he has written an open letter to the teams, Bernie Ecclestone, and CVC (the sport’s owner), proposing a summit to discuss the future of the sport.

The statement in full reads:

“Ferrari has had Formula 1 coursing through its veins for over half a century and that’s why it has decided to make a move to turn the sport away from the wrong turn it appears to have taken.

“The Maranello marque has decided to do this through the means of a formal act, which is a concrete proposal, in the form of a letter from its President Luca di Montezemolo to the Formula 1 rights holder, Bernie Ecclestone and to Donald McKenzie, the president of the company that owns Formula 1. It is not an ultimatum, nor a threat, but a proposal to call together all the key players in the sport to sit down around a table and come up with new ideas that will see Formula 1 continue to set the benchmark in motorsport, on level terms with global events such as the Olympics and the football World Cup.

“The President wants to see a collective brainstorming from the group to act for the good of Formula 1. Contributions from all areas are of value; teams, sponsors, promoters and media, so that the key values of Formula 1 can be reestablished. President Montezemolo would also like to see other high-end players invited, those who are currently not involved or only partially so; new media, social networks and colossi such as Google and Apple.

“Formula 1 has to be based on technical innovation, research and development, but this must all be done with sustainable costs and above all, must be moved forward as part of a product that can put on a show. Because it is the show that draws in the commercial partners, the sponsors and, above all, the fans, who are the real end users of the Formula 1 product.

“Finding the right mix of these ingredients will be vital for the sustainability and the future success of our much-loved sport.”

Formula 1 is certainly seeing a number of changes in recent years. Not only have we had the seismic change in the technical regulations, but the political landscape – with formation of the F1 Strategy Group and demise of FOTA – has also transformed.

The last time the teams tried to come together and talk about the future of the sport, it did not go well, though. At the beginning of May, they met at Biggin Hill in England, where the F1 Strategy Group members essentially refused to bow to pressure from those further down the grid.

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic.

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  • Paul F

    I agree with this and what has been said over the past few weeks. Formula One shouldn’t be about fuel efficiency and driving at eight-tenths to save tyres.

  • Mike

    Could this be related to the form Ferrari has been showing in 2014, or rather, the lack of it? The races have been exciting, even though Mercedes is currently by far the best car. I like the sound, and the fact you can hear tyre and other noises.

    Use your energy Ferrari, in making your cars more competitive, and stop whining.

  • dave Appleyard

    I feel his is sour grapes just because Ferrari aren’t winning and haven’t done so for years no body complained over the past 4 years when red Bull was Winning everything!!!! Sour grapes President of Ferrari!!!!

  • Tom Matthews

    I completely agree with Ferrari’s concerns regarding the future of the sport. The technical regulations are overly restrictive and inhibit innovation. The new cars may be technically very complicated but they are slow and boring.

  • Corey O

    Anyone who wants to complain about the current sound of F1 cars should listen to the old 11,000rpm “monsters” from the last turbo era. Compare the sound of an MP4/4 to that of a current F1 car, and there’s not much difference.

    That said, I’m not a big fan of the fuel efficiency limits, I think the cars should be boost limited, and leave teams to determine how much fuel they want to run. A lighter car will always be faster, so fuel efficiency will always play a role, I just don’t think it should be written into the regulations.

  • DeeGeeP

    Set limits on maximum down-force, they should be much lower than current levels to generate greater reliance on mechanical grip.
    Get rid of DRS as a result – as less downforce and more mechanical grip means more overtaking anyway.
    Reduce types of tyres to two different ones total, there are too many and its too confusing. (plus wet and mids)
    The sound needs improving, if that means no turbos get rid of the turbo or increase cylinders.
    A budget cap on all teams of 200 million euro which means they can test and do whatever they want unrestricted as long as its under budget. Driver salaries excluded.
    Allow refueling, unlimited fuel but a requirement on the minimum/maximum power to be generated electronically.

  • Durishin

    These poseurs and their “green” F1 that burns more fuel jetting to races than are burned racing. What PR idiot thought this crap up?

  • Richard Piers

    for which read Good for Ferrari.