F1 governing body pushes 'urgent' changes

Formula One's governing body wants to cut team budgets in half and improve fuel efficiency by 2011 in a bid to improve racing.

SILVERSTONE, England – Formula One’s governing body wants to cut team budgets in half and improve fuel efficiency by 2011 in a bid to “improve racing.”

FIA president Max Mosley said Thursday that “urgent” changes were necessary since auto racing’s premiere sport was becoming “unsustainable.” Mosley asked Formula One’s 10 teams to reach a majority on any proposals to the rule changes and put them forward within three months.

“The major manufacturers are currently employing up to 1,000 people to put two cars on the grid. This is clearly unacceptable at a time when all these companies are facing difficult market conditions,” Mosley said.

The FIA said that the changes were necessary to “allow a back-of-the-grid independent team to operate profitably.”

That would see the leading teams providing technology to others at an affordable price.

Teams are already bracing for next season’s move to hybrid technology through KERS, an energy recovery system that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions without affecting performance.

“With attention on energy problems worldwide, Formula One cannot afford to be profligate in its use of fuel,” said Mosley, who expects general levels of expenditure to be cut in half “without affecting the spectacle in any way.”

Teams should extract “more useful energy from less fuel.”

“The target should be a (very challenging) 50 per cent reduction from today’s levels of fuel consumption by 2015, while maintaining current speeds,” Mosley said in a statement. “The rules should encourage manufacturer teams to research technologies which are road-relevant rather than Formula One-specific.”

The FIA wants F1 to use less fuel, with a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption by 2011.

“The 2009 Technical Regulations are intended to improve the racing,” the FIA said. “We would like to go further, with developments to allow the cars to run in close proximity to one another without losing performance.”

Since the 2003 British GP, only four of 86 GPs have been won by teams other than Ferrari, McLaren or Renault.

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