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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

F1 bosses look into their crystal balls

Ron Dennis and other team bosses talked about the future of F1 during the Motor Sport Business Forum in Bahrain.

Dennis said he supports rule changes that provide for exciting racing, keep the formula on the cutting edge, and support the entrepreneur, reports autosport.com.

Dennis also said he supports expanding the calendar, but capping the total number of races to 20, and preserving the off season, which he says creates an atmosphere of anticipation among the fans.

Honda’s Nick Fry also voiced support for expansion of the calendar to add new markets while maintaining some of the traditional dates.

I think more races are what the public wants to see, but I wholeheartedly agree that the off season builds excitement and mystery into the sport. I think any plan that preserves some of the traditional dates is a great idea. F1 without Spa is a travesty, and a return to the U.S. is a necessity.

Schumacher: Massa will improve; BMW Sauber will fade

BMW Sauber will not not break Ferrari’s and McLaren’s hold on the constructors’ title, according to Michael Schumacher, despite its strong showing so far this season.

Speaking to Reuters, the German said BMW will have a few highlights, but cannot sustain its current level of performance over the course of a full season.

Neither does he see Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld challenging for the drivers’ championship, but he does tap Sebastian Vettel to be the revelation of the season.

Meanwhile, Schumacher backs Felipe Massa for success, while admitting the Brazilian’s no-holds-barred approach to racing isn’t likely to change.

Citing Massa’s qualifying performance in Malaysia, Schumacher believes good results will come.

While Schumacher reminds us one win will silence the critics in this young season, the fact remains Ferrari needs two drivers consistently scoring points. Despite Raikonnen’s win, at the end of the day Ferrari made up no ground on McLaren in Malaysia. That cannot continue, especially if BMW are going to reap the reward. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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