• 2010 season

Radical rule changes to be discussed in Malaysia

ESPNF1 Staff
March 27, 2010 « Vettel, Massa and Heidfeld step into GPDA roles | »
Martin Whitmarsh has revealed the teams will consider some radical rule changes © Sutton Images

A whole range of possible rule changes are set to be discussed by the teams at the next race in Malaysia.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh admitted that the tone of the meeting will be set by what happens during the 58 laps of Sunday's Australian grand prix.

"If we have a less than stunning race then the likelihood of pushing through changes is enhanced. Personally I want a stunning race and changes," he told the Daily Telegraph.

Any mid-season changes will require total unanimity, which - given some teams' efforts to safeguard their competitive position - is unlikely. Whitmarsh said most of the proposed changes involve the qualifying format, such as reverse grids and 'success ballast', where drivers higher in the championship carry weights aboard their cars. Another idea is a 'knockout draw' where drivers go head-to-head before a final shootout.

"The fastest one who doesn't make a mistake will still take pole but it has a virtue in how you use your tyres," said Whitmarsh. "And in some races you will be in the easy half of the draw and be flattered by your grid position."