Montezemolo expresses concerns about F1 2014
29 December 2013 – Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said he fears the sport could be tough to follow next season and that as result fans could be put off.
There will be a number of regulation changes in 2014, including, most notably the switch to 1.6-litre turbo engines, and Montezemolo remains somewhat sceptical about the merits of all these measures.
“There will be a lot of changes, some strongly supported by us, such as the return, albeit partial at the moment, of testing,” di Montezemolo told journalists ahead of the Christmas break.
“The design of the new powertrain was very demanding, but it’s really fascinating. It is vital that the factors that make the difference are rebalanced: it’s impossible for F1 to keep going with aerodynamics counting for 90 per cent of the story.”
“I think races will be even harder to follow compared to what they have been in the past though,” he added. “It concerns me that one could see in some parts of the race, that the drivers will seem more like taxi drivers than racers, with all due respect to that role.
“What happens on track will have to be well explained if we are not to run the risk of seeing the number of spectators decrease still further, both in the grandstands and in front of the television. Is all this [the regulation changes] a good thing for F1? I don’t know. We will see how it goes, however it’s important to have some fresh air.”
So what will be the key to success in 2014?
“Reliability and the ability of the drivers to manage the race in a very different way to the past will be vital,” di Montezemolo predicts.