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F1 Italian Grand Prix: Teams say 2017 changes will get ‘back to roots of F1’

Formula 1 team bosses say they're excited for the 2017 revised regulations proposed which will take the sport 'back to its roots'.
Team bosses have expressed their excitement at proposals being considered for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship, saying the revised regulations will take the sport 'back to its roots'.

Broad discussions regarding the direction of F1 have been ongoing for months as organisers and teams attempt to address the criticisms of the current era from fans and drivers without dampening this generation's move towards greater efficiency and frugality.

Significantly, form 2017 the look of the cars will change with a view to introducing more aggressive designs and the plan is to make the cars as much as six seconds per lap faster. Format changes – including discussions about a two-race format – have also been mooted.

Though the framework is still being refined, leading figures have expressed their excitement for some of the plans and are eagerly awaiting their introduction, with McLaren's Eric Boullier teasing that it will bring F1 back to its basics.

“I'm excited because it is back to the roots of Formula One,” he told Crash.net. “It's like Formula One is in constant evolution, and it's good sometimes to just do a reset and come back to the basics.

“You need to have the drivers happier. You need to been seen as the main racing attraction in the world, where every driver in the world is dreaming to be. That's the first thing. If we do this, we attract the best driver and this will make the show very good. And making the show very good, makes your racing better.”

With Bernie Ecclestone expressing his desire to see a return for 1000bhp V8 engines, Boullier dismisses the notion that moving away from V6's would make a difference, saying F1 is about the perception of speed, rather than figures.

“People will get used to these V6 and we need to stay with V6 in F1 to keep the interest and money from the manufacturers. What we definitely need to do is make the cars faster.

“I remember when I was 20, the first time I saw Formula One and I was absolutely blown away by the acceleration and braking. Visually, you could see the car and not understand how it could accelerate so fast or how they could stop so fast as well.

“This is what we miss – the perception of speed for fans. We miss downforce, grip and more cornering speed, nothing else.

Though discussions about race format changes haven't been publically detailed as yet, Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams teases 'interesting concepts' being considered.

“There is work going on behind the scenes in the various working groups but until we meet again, there is nothing to report on. I think the whole concept was really interesting and I'm really looking forward to how it develops and when it comes out.”

Related Pictures

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12.03.2015 - (L-R) Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director and Federico Gastaldi (ARG) Lotus F1 Team Deputy Team Principal
14.03.2014 - Free Practice 3, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director and Yasuhisa Arai (JPN) Honda Motorsport Chief Officer
17.04.2015 - Free Practice 2, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director. and Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H, detail
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Pierre Gasly (FRA) Red Bull Racing RB12, Test Driver
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 with Halo cockpit cover
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Red Bull Racing RB12, detail
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

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September 08, 2015 12:26 PM

Since when has F1 been about frugality??. Variety is what is missing. Formula 1 is almost a silhouette class now and needs to allow some freedom in design to differentiate the different manufacturers. Rules are too constrictive and competition is pretty much artificial, the teams who do the best job will always dominate and have done since the start but the rules shouldn't prevent a smaller team from coming up with something radical that can maybe put them in with a chance of a win or two. Why do we need one engine type?, why can't we have several?, who here can remember the sound of a Ferrari V12 full throttle. Surely mandating a handful of engines a team can use each year must be more costly because of the cost of building in that reliability, why not allow say 20 engines per season or one per race instead of drivers having to preserve their engines at circuits that might not suit them. Formula 1 is not a conservation form of racing, it should be about outright performance, ingenuity


September 08, 2015 11:36 AM

F1 should be and has to be the pinnacle of motor racing - that is first and foremost. Running cars that any 17 year old can jump into and be fast, shouldn't be possible, unless there is a true exception to the rule, especially if it has 900+hp. To be the pinnacle means faster than anything else round a circuit, means a true test for a driver, means not controlled by buttons on pit wall. F1 should be a car designers wet dream, and not restricted to looking after tyres and driving slower.....flat out racing every lap, every race. I don't care what changes they make but it needs also for us as the fans to be further compelled to watch...... I mean standing along the Kemmel straight at Spa and hearing the cars leaving the pits..... should send tingles up your spine, not wait till the cars are on top you to just watch. You get my point anyway !

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