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   Wednesday, 15 January, 2003, 09:02 GMT
F1 chief to demand changes
McLaren team boss Ron Dennis and Max Mosley, president of motorsport's governing body, the FIA
Mosley (right) wants more action from team bosses
Motorsport boss Max Mosley is to push for changes to Formula One at a meeting with team principals this week.

Mosley - president of the sport's governing body, the FIA - is believed to want action on cost-cutting and speed restriction.

It has been reported that he wants a ban on electronic driver aids like traction control, less than two years after they were legalised on the grounds that they could not be policed.

Mosley will meet the team bosses at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday in what is likely to be the last chance to make any changes before the start of the season in March.

Minardi team boss Paul Stoddart
Drivers like Michael Schumacher drive just as well without electronics as they do with

Paul Stoddart
Minardi boss

Mosley is said to be frustrated by the lack of proposals from the team owners, and will push for changes himself.

A number of leading figures in F1 have warned that the sport is in the middle of an economic crisis.

Teams are finding sponsorship hard to come by and several of the smaller outfits do not have enough money to complete the 2003 season.

The FIA has already moved to improve the spectacle of race weekends with a new one-lap qualifying and a new points system.

But the teams have not agreed changes beyond that, despite a meeting between the team bosses and the technical working group rules think-tank last month.

Many teams oppose moves to limit driver aids like traction control and launch control, which enables drivers to make perfect starts.

False economy

However, Minardi team boss Paul Stoddart believes reducing driver aids may not lead to any reduction in costs or have a major effect on the outcome of races.

"It will actually cost the small teams more money because we'll have to go and develop new systems against the ones we've already bought and paid for," Stoddart told BBC Radio Five Live.

"It might spice up the racing a bit, but to be honest drivers like Michael Schumacher drive just as well without electronics as they do with."

The meeting will also look longer term, with a policy to cut down on the cost of customer engines for the smaller teams likely to be a priority.

These cost more than 12m a season for teams who can ill afford that sort of outlay.

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