FIA eyes track changes to increase F1 overtaking

By on Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mar.9 (GMM) The FIA has formalised its push to increase overtaking in formula one by looking closely at the design of circuits.

Influential figures including Sir Jackie Stewart and FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh have recently said circuit design is the best way to minimise processional grands prix.

And the Daily Mail on Tuesday said Williams technical director Sam Michael "recently voiced his opposition to all chicanes, remarking they should be banned".

Late last year, foreign media sources quoted FIA president Jean Todt as saying that "From now on, before a new circuit is approved, we will evaluate the potential for the spectacle as well as the safety".

The FIA's World Motor Sport Council met in Paris on Tuesday, and later said in a statement: "The Circuit Design Group is examining grand prix circuits to identify the possibility of increasing the opportunities for overtaking."

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