Team technical heads wary of F1 rules revolution

Fri May 8, 2015 7:29pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Formula One does not need to rip up the rule book and try to fix something that is not broken, team technical heads warned on Friday as the sport discusses possible changes for 2017.

"I think we should leave it alone, in the main," Williams's head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley told a news conference at the Spanish Grand Prix when asked what might top his wish list.

"We should perhaps think about stopping tampering with it rather than thinking we are going to create a new set of rules and that is going to fix everything.

"We do have to seriously think about not changing anything... the racing is very good," he added.

Smedley, whose former Ferrari team have called for a revolution in the sport, said every rule change ultimately favored those with the biggest resources and led to big gaps in performance.

Formula One's strategy group is due to meet next Thursday at Biggin Hill, south of London, to discuss proposals for 2017.

Mercedes technical head Paddy Lowe, whose title-winning team have enjoyed the dominant engine since the introduction of the new V6 turbo hybrid last year, agreed the sport should tread carefully.

"In terms of rules changes, it's not absolutely clear we need to change the cars radically," said the Briton. "Performance will increase anyway through normal development."   Continued...