Lauda wants F1 rules audit spanning past decade

Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda

Mercedes F1 boss Niki Lauda has proposed a sweeping review of every rule change in Formula 1 for the past decade.

For some, the all-new era of quiet turbo V6 engines was the final straw that broke the floodgates of fierce criticism.

The harshest critic has been Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, who has called for an emergency meeting with Formula 1’s major stakeholders.

On Thursday, FIA President Jean Todt said he is happy to sit down for such a meeting, inviting other important voices including ex Formula 1 drivers to speak up.

The first to accept the invitation is Niki Lauda, a Formula 1 legend and Mercedes’ team chairman, “We should draw up a list of all the rules that have been introduced or rewritten in the last ten years.”

The German magazine says it counts 77 major technical and sporting rule changes since 2005, including to Qualifying, points, tyres, spare cars, long-life engines, traction control, testing, KERS, DRS, bodywork, team orders, exhausts, diffusers, and many more.

Lauda said: “We should do a rule-by-rule check of what every change brought to us – what made sense, what did not.” (GMM)