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  Friday, 11 October, 2002, 08:44 GMT 09:44 UK
Team bosses urge F1 change
BAR boss David Richards (left) and Jordan owner Eddie Jordan
Richards (left) and Jordan say change is imperative
Eddie Jordan and David Richards have urged their fellow Formula One team bosses to accept some radical changes to the sport to secure its future.

Irishman Jordan has warned that the sport has to improve the spectacle if it wants to halt declining viewing figures.

F1 bosses are to debate a series of controversial changes at a meeting on 28 October and Jordan believes they will have to make some tough decisions.

"Doing nothing is clearly not an option. Our show is just not good enough at the moment and there has to be change by Melbourne next year," Jordan said.

"It is going to need some regulation changes. But we are never going to get the teams to agree, we never have in the past, so they will have to be implemented."

The meeting of the F1 Commission, a rule-making body, is to consider a number of proposals put forward by motor racing chiefs Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone.

The aim is to prevent any team dominating in the future the way Ferrari have done this year.

The proposals include having all the drivers swapping around from team to team during a season, and penalising any drivers who get too big a lead in the championship with a weight penalty by adding ballast to his car.

Drivers like Eddie Irvine, David Coulthard and Juan Pablo Montoya hit out at the proposed changes on Thursday.

But Jordan believes they have to be considered before the meeting of the body that formally makes any official proposals to change the rules to the governing body, FIA.


We have to do something but we have to be very careful about what we do
BAR boss David Richards

"It is obvious that Bernie is very concerned about the show," added Jordan.

"It is going to be an interesting meeting.

"Changing drivers around is an intriguing if impractical idea at the moment with contracts.

"I am not trying to push the ballast thing but that is something which could be introduced for 2003 at very little cost.

"It works in horse racing where horses are penalised on the results they have had before and it works in saloon car racing.

"The world's biggest success in any sport is Nascar. Over 15 million people have watched a race this year.

"They do have 42 races but it is still a staggering success and Nascar dominates motor racing in the United States."

BAR team boss David Richards also called for immediate action to halt declining television viewing figures.

"We cannot just stand on our hands and do nothing, we have to do something but we have to be very careful about what we do," said Richards.

"The sport is steeped in history and it has been a great success and you cannot make radical changes overnight without thinking very carefully about the consequences.

"But spicing it up for the public has to be the number one priority. We have to improve the show."

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