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Trulli: Don't tinker with F1

Jarno Trulli has warned the powers that be not to tinker too much with F1 in an effort to make it more exciting.
Clearly impressed after his recent trip to the United States to sample perhaps the most parochial motorsport category of all, Jarno Trulli has claimed that even Formula One can take a leaf or two out of NASCAR's book.

Speaking in response to commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone's latest radical scheme to spice up F1, the Italian veteran claimed that the sport should not be trying to reinvent itself, but instead concentrate on refining the current thinking to ensure that there was competition on-track and off.

A year on from recommending that F1 adopt a medal system instead of the traditional points - a move that would have seen Jenson Button crowned mid-season rather than in Brazil - Ecclestone has suggested that each track be redesigned to include a shortcut that would allow faster cars to pass slower rivals more easily.

"This is not a game, this is a sport," a horrified Trulli told Reuters during an interview at the Lotus team's Higham base, "I think Bernie sometimes has very clear ideas, but this is just not possible in F1.

"We need to find a way to make this sport more interesting and, to make it more spectacular, we need to race wheel-by-wheel and cars have to be close to each other. Those sort of things. But we don't have to really invent new things.

"[NASCAR] have been very clever and very good in making sure that they keep the rules very consistent over the years and not changing them too much, otherwise people at home will get confused."

Ironically, among this year's changes are an alteration to the scoring system, albeit to reward the top ten finishers and give the podium trio a greater margin over those behind rather than introduce gold, silver and bronze medals. The exact nature of the change remains in question, however, with opponents claiming that the change doesn't alter much.

"To be honest, I don't care," Trulli, who moves to newcomer Lotus from the now-defunct Toyota team for 2010, "At the end of the day, you try to score as many points as possible and then, at the end of the season] you count it. I just go for it and see what I can do. My minimum target should be tenth and that's how I go racing."

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M Bee - Unregistered

January 15, 2010 1:02 PM

One thing that F1 can emulate from NASCAR is its fan-friendly atmosphere. F1 nowadays feels cold, closed from the true F1 fan. They're catering for the corporate market that come and go with every recession, but a true F1 fan will stay with the series forever.

Jason Meldru - Unregistered

January 15, 2010 3:30 PM

M Bee: You are so right on that one. Formula One is to focused on the quick big dollar investment of short term corporate investments rather than building a commitment to the fans and their long term loyalties. I have been a F1 fan from the start of the Shumi days. I was also a Nascar fan then and went to several races a year. I have been to a few F1 races and can say what is missing is the fan friendliness and at a Nascar event you can feel the dirt, debris and rubber hitting you because the asphault is only a few feet from the fans. In F1 the run off area is so big that you don't get a up close experience with the cars. Then the drivers are even more disconnected from the fans.

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