2008 may be too late says Mosely

In the wake of another less than exciting race in Spain, FIA president Max Mosley is concerned that too many fans will have lost interest in Formula One before the 2008 proposals come into play. As in other races this season, after the start the...

In the wake of another less than exciting race in Spain, FIA president Max Mosley is concerned that too many fans will have lost interest in Formula One before the 2008 proposals come into play. As in other races this season, after the start the Spanish Grand Prix had a fairly predictable outcome and the majority of the overtaking was done in the pit stops. Mosley urges the teams to agree to the changes sooner rather than later.

"The race threatened to be boring and it was," he said, according to The Times. "We have to do something about the cars because people cannot overtake and that is the essence of Formula One. There is undoubtedly a danger that the television audience that makes Formula One function is in danger of slipping away before we get the chance to do something about the situation."

"At the moment we can only impose change from 2008, but that might be far too late and the damage will be done by then. We have to act as soon as we can and make changes from 2005 and increase the pace of change into 2006 before people turn off Formula One and forget that it is the pinnacle of motor racing. The teams must react and co-operate with us or the whole thing will be in jeopardy."

Some team members have expressed doubt that any new regulations will be introduced soon as such changes need the unanimous agreement of all involved. We've seen too often how meeting after meeting has failed to produce any real improvement to the sport. While the teams may agree in principle to the 2008 proposals, four years is a very long time to wait when there's little to keep the fans interested.

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