Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, FIA president Jean Todt has reacted to criticism over Formula 1’s current state but does suggest that a summit to consider options might be a good idea.
“I’ll call around a table sponsors, journalists, new media, organizers, current and past racing drivers, and the constructors,” said Todt. “I will welcome the most interesting proposals.
“I’m saying this as president of the FIA, without having to respond to Montezemolo, exactly because I have great respect for all the players in motor racing and in particular for what Ferrari has done, does, and will do.”
F1 is facing a serious barrage of criticism in 2014 but Todt feels that electric motors, V6 turbos and other additions to the sporting and technical regulations such as DRS, and 2015’s recently announced change to standing restarts are good for the sport. AUTOSPORT has the translation here:
“Hybrid is the right way, but we haven’t been able to communicate it well,” he said. “But the future of motoring goes in this direction.
“Boredom? I don’t see it, and most of all I don’t see anyone lifting the throttle in the races in order to save fuel.
“In racing there has always been the search for maximum efficiency: the least fuel you put in the tank, the lighter is the car and the quicker you can go. Ten kilos of fuel are about four tenths per lap. Winners are always the strongest, those who can get closer to the limit.
“In my opinion motor racing is in good health: just think what Dietrich Mateschitz has done in Austria by rebuilding enthusiasm in people. And do we want to talk about the 24 Hours of Le Mans that attracted 263,000 spectators? A great race with Audi, Toyota, and Porsche.”
Todt may be on target with his Le Mans assessment but that isn’t helping F1 at the moment, in fact it may be taking something away from F1—namely viewers.
The current state of F1 has prompted venerable and well-respected publication, Motorsport Magazine, to start a petition and offer it’s own manifesto on how to fix F1 right here.
Regardless of Todt’s feelings, he alone cannot do make all the changes needed as it requires the FIA, teams and the commercial rights holder to influence the future direction of F1.
Do you agree with Todt? If so, you may be in a minority preferring to see the glass half full but regardless, F1 is in a time of major upheaval from all fronts. How it survives and what it looks like in the future may be the difference between billions of dollars if they get it wrong.