Dennis supports new regulations

McLaren boss Ron Dennis supports the changes made to Formula One recently and thinks the new qualifying set-up will see some interesting grid positions. Drivers will now have a single run in qualifying and will take to the track alone, rather than...

McLaren boss Ron Dennis supports the changes made to Formula One recently and thinks the new qualifying set-up will see some interesting grid positions. Drivers will now have a single run in qualifying and will take to the track alone, rather than the previous situation where there were often complaints of being held up by other cars when on a flying lap. Dennis also thinks the decisions taken were not too radical for fear of harming the development of F1.

"The recently-announced changes to the F1 regulations reflect a measured and structured consensus between the sport's governing body and competing teams," said Dennis, according to the BBC. "This has been driven by a desire to improve the entertainment value for the viewing public at grands prix without tampering with the sport's underlying fabric and tradition."

"I firmly believe that all those involved in framing these changes appreciated that radical change would have risked destabilising the sport's future development. The new qualifying format may well produce more interesting starting grids than we have perhaps been used to over the past couple of years."

McLaren struggled in 2002, the car was not as competitive as hoped and David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen had troubles with poor qualifying sessions, engine failures and unreliability. After fighting it out with Ferrari at the top for a few years, McLaren was beaten into third in the Constructors' standings in 2002 by Williams. Coulthard and Raikkonen remain with the team for 2003.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams