Mosley worried about falling audiences

FIA president Max Mosley remains worried about the falling audiences in Formula One and believes the sport is in a crisis situation. There has been much talk lately about changes to F1 to improve the spectacle and encourage fans back to watching.

FIA president Max Mosley remains worried about the falling audiences in Formula One and believes the sport is in a crisis situation. There has been much talk lately about changes to F1 to improve the spectacle and encourage fans back to watching. Mosley is waiting to see the television ratings for the Japanese Grand Prix as he believes may people would not have bothered watching.

"The crisis is as deep as I have ever seen and there is an urgent need for rapid reforms," he said in the British press. "We just can't afford to have another season like this one next year. If any one team enjoys the same dominance as Ferrari have, people will stop watching. A lot of people would have looked at the grid and not bothered to get up for the race. I shall be interested to see what the TV audience figures are."

There has been mixed reaction to the ideas put forward to improve F1 and it remains to be seen if any measures will be introduced for next season. Driver swapping, weight penalties and changes to qualifying are some of the suggestions, along with curtailing testing.

While the idea of drivers moving from one team to another through the season has been met with derision, things such as weight ballast and altering qualifying are thought to be more likely solutions. Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone are due to meet with the teams at the end of this month to discuss the options.

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