Williams hopes for common sense

Sir Frank Willimas, eponymous team owner, believes common sense will prevail over decisions to be made about the proposed changes to Formula One. The 'nine point plan' proffered by the FIA to bring back closer racing to the sport has been met with...

Sir Frank Willimas, eponymous team owner, believes common sense will prevail over decisions to be made about the proposed changes to Formula One. The 'nine point plan' proffered by the FIA to bring back closer racing to the sport has been met with mixed reactions from teams and drivers alike but Williams, along with others, concedes that changes must be made.

Frank Williams.
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"This is the most important meeting for Formula One in two decades," Williams told the UK's Times newspaper. "I have faith that common sense will prevail. Our guiding criteria must be to concentrate on matters that improve the show."

While most of the suggestions in the plan are aimed at the drivers and cars, Willimas thinks the circuits on the F1 calendar should also be under scrutiny: "We need to focus on the tracks," he said. "We need tracks that reflect the technical status of the cars and have tracks long enough to enable overtaking."

Although there have been complaints about the proposed changes, most of F1's primary figures reluctantly agree that something needs to be done to stop the decline in audiences. FIA president Max Mosley described the current situation as a crisis: "The crisis is as deep as I have ever seen and there is an urgent need for rapid reforms," Mosley said recently. "We just can't afford to have another season like this one next year."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Frank Williams
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