FIA president Max Mosley was happy with the outcome of the Australian Grand Prix and believes the new rules contributed to providing the excitement. The season opener has been praised for being one of the best races F1 has seen for a long time and...
FIA president Max Mosley was happy with the outcome of the Australian Grand Prix and believes the new rules contributed to providing the excitement. The season opener has been praised for being one of the best races F1 has seen for a long time and Mosley was an avid viewer -- albeit only on television after troubles with flights prevented him attending in person.
"I followed the race as a television viewer and I found the race exciting. I think Raikkonen was particularly unlucky. What he did was remarkable", Mosley told AFP. "I think that the new procedure is partly responsible for the excitement we have seen. Even if the conditions were a major factor, of course. As a matter of fact, with these new rules, the starting order was kind of unusual, apart from Ferrari's front row. All this combined with slightly difficult climatic conditions gave us an outstanding race."
Mosley was as surprised as anyone else at the qualifying tactics of Minardi -- both drivers aborting their flying lap and didn't set a time so that the parc fermé conditions would not apply to them -- and thinks in future that kind of scenario will not be permitted.
"We were also surprised," he said. "Even if they had the right to do that. We will have to think about keeping that open or not in the rules. We could argue that the small teams in the back of the field can try that. It will not make a big difference. But we have to think about it. I believe we will probably forbid this situation but we will have to talk to the teams about that. We will have a meeting all together after the first three races."
The FIA and teams are due to meet after Brazil to discuss how the new regulations are panning out. Some are still arguing about the no refueling rule but Mosley is standing firm: "No, I don't think that we will agree to that," he remarked on the subject of re-introducing fueling. "Because this is one of the major change in the new rules. In my opinion, this aspect of the rules went really well."