Schumacher calls for more work time

Schumacher calls for more work time

A meeting is scheduled next week for team bosses and the FIA to discuss how the new rules are effecting Formula One and what, if anything, needs changed. The one flying lap qualifying and no refueling regulations have caused some negative comments...

A meeting is scheduled next week for team bosses and the FIA to discuss how the new rules are effecting Formula One and what, if anything, needs changed. The one flying lap qualifying and no refueling regulations have caused some negative comments but FIA president Max Mosley is keen on the changes, although Bernie Ecclestone is determined to return qualifying to its previous format.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
Michael Schumacher's main point was to allow more work on the cars between qualifying and race: "Basically I'd like to have more time to work on the car," he said. "That includes having the possibility to work after qualifying for the race and thus maximise your opportunity for both circumstances."

"That has been a big challenge in the past and now it's a lesser challenge, in all honesty. I did prefer the work with the engineers -- springs, dampers, bars, wing settings, etc, to get everything to the optimum."

Renault's Fernando Alonso is in agreement with the champion, saying limiting the amount of work permitted is not such a great idea: "I agree with Michael about having more time to change after qualifying," the Spaniard commented.

"Just looking at the race here, tomorrow will probably be wet and then Sunday could be completely dry and sunny. What do you do? Do you start qualifying with dry settings and risk it? It's a rule that is not really fantastic for the people, the teams, the drivers, anyone."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Fernando Alonso , Bernie Ecclestone