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2015-02-17 11:47

RULES REVOLUTION IN F1: Depending on the outcome of the F1 Commission, the sport could see a radical change in cars, engines and tyres as early as 2016.. Image: AP / Felipe Dana

GENEVA, Switzerland – Formula 1 will turn another corner to the future as the F1 Commission meets  today (Feb 17 2015) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Writing for Brazil's Globo, F1 correspondent Livio Oricchio reported that the topic of a dramatic change of regulations would be debated. On the table is a 750kW engine formula and significantly different cars with bigger tyres and 1997-style wider chassis.

Oricchio says the changes could be introduced as early as 2016, that the proposals were to address waning TV and spectator audiences by giving fans "what they most like to see: really fast and powerful cars making a lot of noise and presenting the drivers as true heroes".

DEADLINE SET

Oricchio said the deadline to introduce the measures in time for 2016 was March 1. However, it seems more likely that the sport will agree to postpone its “rules revolution” until 2017.

McLaren chief Ron Dennis told Britain's Sky: "If we're going to change F1 we should change it dramatically and therefore we should change it dramatically for 2017. If we dramatically try to change for 2016 the cost implications will be huge."

Michael Schmidt, F1 correspondent for Germany's Auto Motor and Sport, had no faith that F1 could collectively make a worthwhile change even for 2017. He said recent meetings had passed without any financial or cost-cutting help being directed to the struggling Force India, Sauber and Lotus teams.

Schmidt argued that F1's problems ran deeper than engine noise. "The PR teams are largely to blame. Look at these pre-season tests. Drivers and engineers are literally hidden from the media. The news media releases and statements issued to journalists do not make interesting stories.

"And most teams probably do not realise that internet traffic is already significantly higher than that of the TV networks.”

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