Drivers' briefings to be televised?

The FIA is considering filling the gap left by scrapping Sunday warm up, since the introduction of no refueling between qualifying and race, with televising the drivers' briefing. Max Mosley thinks that the warm up session prior to the race was ...

The FIA is considering filling the gap left by scrapping Sunday warm up, since the introduction of no refueling between qualifying and race, with televising the drivers' briefing. Max Mosley thinks that the warm up session prior to the race was something that people were in the habit of watching and a replacement attraction needs to be found.

"One of the downsides of stopping the teams refueling between qualifying and the race is that they wouldn't want to go out in the warmup on Sunday morning," Mosley told Reuters.

"People have got in the habit of watching the warmup so we need to replace it with something. The idea we are working on at this very moment is replacing it with the drivers' meeting and allowing the television in there to cover it."

The FIA's president thinks seeing the drivers in a discussion environment would give fans an additional insight into what they are like, as opposed to merely watching an interview.

"With the television cameras there, the drivers could discuss perhaps the incident that happened in the last race when one of them ran into the other, or something that happened in practice," Mosley explained. There's always something to discuss."

"We feel that this would bring the television viewer more into personal, intimate contact with the drivers and see them as they are when they are really talking genuinely and not just giving an interview."

Some drivers may feel restricted in their opinions if they knew television cameras were present, so there would be the opportunity of off-camera meetings to voice other concerns.

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