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2014-04-03 12:12

MEETING IN PROGRESS: Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo will meet F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone (above) to discuss the future of Formula 1. Image: AP

LONDON, England - Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is in London to meet Formula 1's chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

The Italian news media said the headline of the meeting was the future, since both F1 powerbrokers admitted they were no fans of the 'new' face of the sport.

Further inclusive meetings are now scheduled for the Bahrain GP (April 6), also to be attended by International Motorsport Federation president Jean Todt. Proposals to rev-up the quieter and arguably less exciting 2014 spectacle could be on he agenda.


On the table will be discussions about the controversial fuel-flow meter and whether to abolish it, how shortening GP distances could spice up the show, raise the volume and allow the engines to rev closer to 15 000rpm.

Mercedes and its competitive customers, among them McLaren and Williams, are likely to oppose any rule change but Renault, which with Red Bull is struggling with the federation-homologated fuel-flow sensor, may argue that one solution to the sound problem would be to ease the consumption limits.

Chief Renault engineer Remi Taffin said: "The rules set a maximum of 15 000rpm but with restrictions on fuel consumption it goes down to 12 000 and at the end of a straight it can be 10-11 000.

"This makes a big difference. If you want a different sound, you would have to increase the rpm, but it doesn't make sense if the limits on the consumption of fuel stay the same."

It also emerges that Ecclestone, who met CVC (a private equity firm which is F1's largest shareholder) bigwig Donald Mackenzie in Malaysia, could be looking to revamp the shareholding structure of F1 by inviting top teams such as Ferrari and Red Bull to buy into the sport.

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