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Entertainment the next target for FOTA.

Formula One team bosses are expected to press for changes to 'liven up' the sport in future seasons, while also seeking a return to some of the circuits on which the category made its name, rather than continuing to add featureless venues in countries willing to pay for F1 to visit.

Despite FIA president Max Mosley's latest outburst [see story here], in which he demands an apology from FOTA and chairman Luca di Montezemolo amidst claims that he considers his future options 'open', the teams' association is push forward with its ideas for making F1 more entertaining.

Both di Montezemolo and Renault boss Flavio Briatore addressed the 'entertainment' issue during Thursday's FOTA press conference in Bologna, with the latter revealed to be in talks with Bernie Ecclestone and commercial rights holder CVC, represented by Bernie Ecclestone.

"We will work to reach an agreement with CVC which, without [Wednesday]'s peace brokering, would have lost its business," di Montezemolo confirmed, "There has been too much talk of politics. Now, we need to attract new spectators, and equal what the teams spend with the takings. F1 needs to start generating a profit.

"You would never have actors pay more to act in a film that what is collected at the box office, [so] we need to cut costs and increase revenue. The end of the controversy means that we can work to achieve our objectives, which are to cut costs and put on a better show - and get the races back out on the circuits that count, in Italy, Germany and France.

"Silverstone was saturated [but], in Istanbul, the drivers were on first name terms with the spectators. I realise that Turkey might bring more money [to FOM], but racing culture has to count for something too."

Prior to the threat of a breakaway being ended by Wednesday's accord between FOTA and the FIA, a calendar purporting to have been pieced together by the teams' body appeared in the media, including discarded F1 venues such as Imola, Montreal and Mexico City alongside current incumbents Silverstone, Suzuka, Monza and Monaco [see story here]

While not openly discussing what measures will be taken to 'spice up' the sport, di Montezemolo refused to dismiss ideas including shorter races, a revised qualifying process, a fresh approach to scoring and even permitting three cars from each team, rather than the current two. The end of refuelling and the early dismissal of KERS are both thought likely to be confirmed ahead of 2010, while the existing teams are already understood to have committed to providing assistance to new teams entering next season. However, it remains to be seen what effect the removal of the proposed £40m budget cap has on the ambitions of confirmed newcomers US F1, Campos and Manor.



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alex - Unregistered

June 26, 2009 9:54 AM

I am starting to really like Luca, FOTA are coming up with the real goods regarding improving the sport, rather than the carnage of a grossly overinflated egotrip by a sick old pervert. The way he is totally ignoring Mad Max it funny as hell, Go Luca !



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