Ferrari calls for Formula 1 'revolution'

By on Saturday, January 24, 2015
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Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene believes that Formula 1 needs to undergo a revolution in order to increase the popularity of the sport.

Arrivabene, who replaced Marco Mattiacci at the squad, reckons leading figures in the sport have a duty to carry out changes and backed calls made by Niki Lauda that Formula 1 should be more spectacular.

"I share Niki’s view that Formula 1 needs to be more spectacular and I believe that the risk he evokes of the sport losing fans is something that has unfortunately already happened," Arrivabene said in an interview with Ferrari's official website.

"By 2017, I too would like to see cars that win over the fans, with cars that they can get closer to and that are aesthetically more appealing, maybe even producing a noise that gets your hair standing on end, like that produced by a heavy metal band.

"However, I don’t think a simple evolution is enough in this case. Instead, a real revolution is called for, with significant and radical changes. By that I mean more power, higher speeds, not necessarily involving the use of more fuel, but definitely applying a cost reduction to those components that are of little interest to the general public."

Arrivabene believes Formula 1 has to react to the changing nature of society to ensure that fans are not lost.

"I have long felt that the real competition to F1 today, in the sense of it being a show, comes from a variety of forms of entertainment, not least from the internet, including racing video games," he said.

"It is up to us to provide something better and to download a new format for Formula 1 as soon as possible. How likely are we to do it? I know it wouldn’t be the usual way of going about things, but a global survey on the internet and via the TV companies would give us a real idea of what people want. In fact, even in this area of sport as entertainment, we should follow the trend of demand driving what’s on offer."

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