Too late for radical changes says Stewart

Former F1 champion and team owner Jackie Stewart thinks it's too late to make radical changes in the sport because too much investment has already been made for next year. Stewart said it would be difficult to make things equal because advancing...

Former F1 champion and team owner Jackie Stewart thinks it's too late to make radical changes in the sport because too much investment has already been made for next year. Stewart said it would be difficult to make things equal because advancing technology is just a part of what Formula One is.

While some have criticized the amount of technology in today's racing, such as traction and launch control and two-way telemetry, Stewart believes technology shouldn't be altered.

"They've suggested some bizarre ideas that I don't think will be taken up, such as drivers going from one team to another," Stewart told the BBC. "Contractually that just wouldn't be a workable proposition at all. I think it will be more practical than that. I know that everybody has been thinking a lot about it."

"Clearly the show has not been as good as it might have been. How we deal with that is very sensitive because you're not really able in motorsport to equalise and have a level playing field because technical advancement is part of the game. You have to remember there has been domination in the sport for very many years."

"They're going to come up with something that will substantially alter it to make a better show as well as not prostituting the integrity of the pure factor of engineering excellence. I think they will come up with something that will relate to the weekends' racing to make it an exciting package without damaging the technology."

"I don't think you can suddenly do radical things to change overnight because the expense has already happened. Most of the racing cars are almost fully designed by July, August, September. So on 28 October you're going to change all of that investment and plans that have been laid down? That can't happen."

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