No technical changes until 2005

After a meeting of officials and team bosses in London this week it was decided that no major technical changes to Formula One will happen for at least two years. It had been suggested recently that slick tyres could make a come back and devices...

After a meeting of officials and team bosses in London this week it was decided that no major technical changes to Formula One will happen for at least two years. It had been suggested recently that slick tyres could make a come back and devices such as traction control may be made illegal.

However, although the eight hour meeting ratified recent changes to qualifying and the points system, no decision was made on proposals such as technical, aerodynamic and tyre alterations unless safety was an issue.

The focus was more on long term plans to revive interest in the sport while keeping financial overheads down. It was decided it was too late for any changes for 2003, as teams already have new cars ready, but proposals were drafted for 2004 and beyond. The recent rulings on qualifying and other changes will go before the World Motor Sports Council meeting later this month for formal approval.

"It was a very constructive meeting and everyone has pulled together to get these things into action," said Minardi boss Paul Stoddart. "It was always going to be uphill to bring in changes for 2003 because everything is so far advanced. But it was great to see peoples' interest in the state of the sport as a whole take over from interest in the gain of individual teams. Today has been a genuine spirited cooperative experience."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul Stoddart
Teams Minardi