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2014-07-18 08:10

UNHAPPY WITH THE SPORT: Mercedes’ Niki Lauda will join Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo in a meeting to discuss rules in F1. Image: AP / Kerstin Joensson

HOCKENHEIM, Germany - Retired racing ace Niki Lauda has proposed a sweeping review of every rule change made in Formula 1 through the previous decade.

For some the all-new era of quiet turbo V6 engines was the final blow that opened the floodgates to fierce criticism and the harshest critic has been Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo who has called for an emergency meeting with F1's major stakeholders.

The president of the International Automobile Federation, Jean Todt, said on Thursday (July 17 2014) that he was happy to have such a meeting and invited other important voices, among them former F1 drivers, to speak up.


First to accept that invitation was Lauda, Mercedes' team chairman, who told Germany's Auto Motor and Sport: "We should draw up a list of all the rules that have been introduced or rewritten in the past 10 years."

The German magazine counted 77 major technical and sporting rule changes made since 2005. Among them were qualifying, points, tyres, spare cars, long-life engines, traction control, testing, kers, DRS, bodywork, team orders, exhausts and diffusers.

Lauda said: "We should do a rule-by-rule check of what every change brought to us - what made sense, what did not."

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