Ferrari boss ramps up calls for overhaul of F1, bringing sport closer to fans
The new Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has called added his voice to the calls for F1 to take "radical" steps to make itself more spect...
The new Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has called added his voice to the calls for F1 to take "radical" steps to make itself more spectacular and appealing, saying "We need an F1 that makes you stand up and take notice."
He also argued that F1 should reach out more to the communities in which it races, by hosting the Thursday drivers' press conference in a public forum in a city, rather than at the circuit.
Speaking yesterday Arrivabene echoed the words of Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda in calling for a return to what made the turbo cars of the late 1980s so appealing, 1,000 hp engines, wide tyres and aggressive body styling,
"I share his view on the need to 'spectacularize' F1, "said the 57 year old former tobacco executive. "I think that the risks he highlighted about losing fans is already a reality.
"From 2017 onwards I would also like to see single seaters that win over the fans, are closer to the fans, aesthetically more beautiful but loud enough to make the hairs stand up on your neck like a heavy metal band.
"For this, however, I think we need a revolution, not an evolution. we need significant and radical change.
"I'm talking about more power faster cars, not necessarily with bigger fuel tanks but certainly run on a reduced cost in areas which aren't so interesting to the public."
Arrivabene clarified what he meant by taking the sport closer to the fans, did not mean seats closer to the circuit, but taking the sport out to meet the fans,
"For example with the FIA press conferences and the presentation of the teams and drivers on Thursday before the Grand Prix, holding that in a public place, not the race track.
"The city hosting the race could become the backdrop for the presentations, creating an event."
Arrivabene wants to open up and push on content that F1 provides, "content offered by the network, including video games themes. I would also like to see a survey on the web and through the users of television that would give us an idea of what people want."
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