F1 facing last chance for 2017 change, says Horner

Mon Feb 22, 2016 12:04pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Formula One teams have a last chance to agree major changes for 2017 at meetings on Tuesday and must seize the opportunity to make the sport more exciting, Red Bull boss Christian Horner said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters at the start of pre-season testing, Horner said the meetings of the core Strategy Group and broader Formula One Commission in Geneva needed to act decisively in the sport's interests.

Under Formula One rules, changes for 2017 can be passed by majority vote until March 1 but must be unanimous after that.

With team bosses rarely agreeing unanimously on anything, that would mean any changes being kicked down the road for another year.

The agenda includes new concepts such as awarding points for qualifying, with the top 10 reversed for the race, and technical changes aimed at producing closer racing with more spectacular and aggressive-looking cars.

"We have got an opportunity to do something really good and hopefully that is not missed," said Horner, who also cautioned against artificial measures to liven up the sport that could damage its heritage.

Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone limbered up for the meetings with highly-critical comments about the way the sport had evolved.

In an interview published in Monday's Daily Mail newspaper, the 85-year-old billionaire said Formula One was "the worst it has ever been".   Continued...

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner arrives for practice. Reuters/Max Rossi