Montezemolo says F1 races should be shorter

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Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari, Monza, 2012In the round-up: Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo wants shorter F1 races which start later in the day.

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Shorten F1 races – Di Montezemolo (BBC)

“How long is the race, an hour and a half? Maybe this is too long for young people. Maybe I’m wrong but we have to look at how we can improve the show.”

Montezemolo suggests shorter and later F1 races (Reuters)

“I don’t think it’s good to race in July and August at two o’clock in the afternoon, when the people are at the sea and on vacation. If you look at a sport like soccer, they play six o’clock, seven o’clock, eight o’clock.”

Vettel rules out Monza victory bid (Autosport)

“I think it will be a pretty difficult race. In terms of strategy I think everyone is looking at the same thing. Therefore it is difficult to do something, or try something different.”

Alonso: Fault cost me ‘easiest pole’ (Sky)

“It’s a shame because it was the easiest pole position for us. We did a [one minute] 24.1 in Q2 with an easy lap and looking at it they [McLaren] did 24.0 in Q3.”

Button’s manager to look after Di Resta (The Telegraph)

“[Richard] Goddard, who takes care of Button’s financial affairs and will perform a similar role for di Resta, added that the Scottish driver was ‘a serious talent and a star of the future’.”

Ferrari F2012 – revised front wing (F1)

“In Italy Ferrari are again using the new front wing introduced at Spa, different in all its components and not – as one might expect for Monza – simply a standard wing with the upper flaps removed to reduce the downforce level.”

Sir Jackie Stewart believes Lewis Hamilton should spurn Mercedes (The Guardian)

“I personally would have stayed with McLaren. They have the resources and the money. They have the commitment and also have huge experience. He would not be here today without McLaren, so there is a degree of loyalty that I think you should always have.”

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After all the slipstreaming we saw in qualifying, could McLaren be planning more of the same for the race?

I?d like to see that ?ǣ a positive example of teamwork, which has gained a negative reputation in F1 with team-mates in front being moved over, lapped cars holding up leaders and so on.

It?s a good old oval racing tactic ?ǣ two team mates were putting it to good use to pull out a gap near the end of this year?s Indy 500 (Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon). That?s proper drafting, though ?ǣ not the artificial DRS kind, but no doubt they did it at Monza too, back in the day.

The McLaren drivers are skilful enough to make it work ?ǣ even if Hamilton?s recent actions out of the car have suggested he?s not the sharpest tool in the box, once the visor?s down he?s been impressive this year (I?m thinking of his tyre conservation).
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On this day in F1

F1 returned to a remodelled Spa-Francorchamps for the 2007 Belgian Grand Prix, five years ago today. Kimi Raikkonen led home team mate Felipe Massa for a Ferrari one-two.

As ever there was no love lost between the McLaren team mates who vigorously disputed third place at the start. Fernando Alonso came out on top, Lewis Hamilton accepting fourth.

Off the track, McLaren had been stung by the FIA’s verdict in the Ferrari spying row, which excluded them from the constructors’ championship and fined them $100m.

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87 comments on Montezemolo says F1 races should be shorter

  1. james2488 (@james2488) said on 9th September 2012, 22:27

    To be fair, luca has got it all wrong, the length of the race is fine, the tyres, no refueling, the fact the grid is so close is all perfect, theres just one thing i would like to see and that is Caterham, Marrussia and HRT competitive, whether thats with help from the big teams or not, it just seems pointless them racing half the time, and i would lov to see more in season testing, like a silvertone, to give more people a chance to go and see the cars

  2. Paulocreed (@paulocreed) said on 10th September 2012, 19:29

    I’m a ferrari fan and even I think Luca is talking nonsense. We don’t need shorter races. The European races are fine for me. They’re at a quite decent time. It’s the other races like china, bahrain, australia, singapore that are difficult to deal with.

    “He said the sport needed to cut costs, promote innovation, increase technology transfer to road cars, increase testing,”

    These I agree with, the most important cost to cut should be the tickets for us fans to watch the show.

    I don’t know about you folks but I haven’t been to the sea or on a vacation in over 20 years. I simply can’t afford it. So, I think he’s too involved in his rich lifestyle to understand what most of the middle class or other people need/want. Forget about improving the show, if u want to improve the show, improve the racing and the rest will fall into place. I can’t stand them referring to F1 as a show. I’m not watching Formula 1 Entertainment am I? (reminiscent of WWE: World Wrestling Entertainment) formerly known as WWF (World Wrestling Federation). I can’t stand WWE anymore as the show has become a joke. I hope the same doesn’t happen to F1.

    Why don’t they add some obstacles like instead of taking a chicane, put a ramp they can jump off of and add some vehicle daredevil acrobatic into the mix. That’ll improve the show now won’t it?

    DRS and KERS are both good ideas that could be used in road cars, they’re just not implemented properly in the sport IMO. KERS is decent but DRS I don’t agree with.

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