One of the hot topics ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix is the call for a re think on Formula 1 as it is today, which in some quarters has not been well received – in particular by Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo whose call for a summit to address the issue is supported by Fernando Alonso
Speaking in Austria the Spaniard said, “I think the President is right in a way. The show has not been good enough at some races this year and with one team dominating, the spectators want more excitement. It’s right that if the teams and fans have any ideas to have a better show then they should be welcome.”
The recent decision to reduce in-season testing again has good and bad points according to the Ferrari driver, “I know it is important to reduce costs, as it means that more teams can survive, but on the other hand, this is the only sport with no training and for young drivers especially, it is difficult if almost the first time in the car is in Free Practice 1: that is unique to this sport.”
As for Red Bull Ring where he last raced over a decade ago, Alonso claims to have no memories of his past races at the refurbished Austrian circuit and in fact, the major changes to the facilities, new pits, new grandstands, new media centre, mean there is not much except the actual track layout that has stayed the same.
“I do remember it as very short,” said the Scuderia Ferrari man in the FIA conference. “There are only five or six corners where you can make up time, so I expect lap times to be very close, with one or two tenths making a big difference. Therefore we must aim for a perfect lap on Saturday.”
As usual some new parts will be fitted to the F14 Ts this weekend: “We will try them in Friday Free Practice and see which ones we can use on Saturday and which need more time. I hope we have some good ones!”
Finally, on Spain’s departure from the football World Cup. “I am surprised, but not disappointed,” maintained Alonso. “We have been winning for several years so sooner or later we had to lose. All we can do is say thanks to the team for everything they have given us over the last few years.” (GP247-Ferrari)