• Jul 19th 2010 at 5:20PM
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Bernie Ecclestone has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind. The latest big idea from F1's commercial chief? Appointing an independent body to formulate the regulations that govern Formula One.

Currently, the FIA makes the rules with considerable input from the constructors through the Formula One Teams Association. However Ecclestone believes these actors are too close to the sport to make objective decisions on the regulations they have to live by. The rules have been changing too frequently, says Bernie, and an independent rule-maker would be the best way to rectify the situation and return a degree of stability to the sport.

Another influential Brit in the sport's spotlight has a different idea. Former world champion Nigel Mansell believes F1 should switch to a spec racing series, switching from constructor-teams to a single spec chassis like those used in just about every other open-wheel racing series (like GP2, A1GP and IndyCar). Mansell's idea, being far more drastic, is less likely to transpire. Think there's any validity to either proposal? Share your thoughts in the 'Comments' section below.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The idea of a spec chassis goes agains all that F1 stands for. It would pull constructors away in the first place. (More on this later.) I can see the appeal of more homogeneous cars: in theory at least, and all things being equal, they could allow drivers to showcase their true potential - but then again it would all come down to money, as the best-sponsored teams would always have the edge. So there would be no change in terms of statu quo after all. Look at GP2: the winning teams are always the same ones, ART being a case in point.
      And then there's the Ferrari issue. Ferrari drags immense crowds to the circuits, much more than any other team, and I don't see a «Scuderia Ferrari» fiddling with Dallara chassis and Honda (or any other brand) engines. Can you conceive F1 without the cavallino rampante? And there's also Renault and Mercedes, which would lose interest in F1. The exit of constructors would seriously jeopardize technological development.
      No, this is definitely not a good idea. It comes from Nigel Mansell, but he wasn't the first to propose it. It comes every now and then, whenever races become uninteresting.
      On the other hand, having an independent ruling body would be feasible if well-thought from the outset, but it would rapidly fall prey of lobbyists. Read corruption. And F1 does not need corruption - not least after the "Stepneygate" and the "crashgate" have shaken its credibility. With an independent body, it would be likely that rules were made to favour the most influential teams and applied in order to benefit them. Not a brilliant idea, either...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Spec idea is horrible and mansell should be banned from any further comments for suggesting it.

      F1 having such diversity amongst its competitors is what makes it so much better than the Homogenized wastelands of other open wheeled racing series as well as nascar. The cars can be batter in corners or faster in straights, no team is alike.

      spec racing kills the excitement.
      • 5 Years Ago
      *thumbs-up* for Bernie, that even does not sound as a total non-sense

      huge *uck-off for Mansell
        • 5 Years Ago
        I couldn't agree with you more...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since its inception more than 60 years ago, Formula One has always been a battle not just between drivers but also between manufacturers and independent teams. As a result, the fierce engineering battles and technological innovations gave F1 its identity as the pinnacle of motorsport. Single chassis and engine specs will effectively ban technical innovations and will only be down to driver skill to provide the show. In that case formula one might as well call it a day as there are already several other single spec series. Nigel Mansell should know better because engineering breakthroughs is exactly what helped him clinch his world titles. Formula one's engineers should be set free again with the only limitation being a realistic expenditure capping.
        • 5 Years Ago
        «His world titles»? He's only got one (1992
      • 5 Years Ago
      Although Mansell definitely needs to shut up, both this article's and the original headline far overstate what he is asking for.

      • 5 Years Ago
      In recent news Bernie thinks its will be a good idea to scrap the Monaco GP.

      Mansell is not using his head..spec? someone already menoned the current chasis design rules in a way already put these cars into spec series sans engine and aero changes.

      As most have stated, they should just figure out the annual salary cap they can survive with and go balls out racing, lets the teams test the damn cars besides on race weekend. As long as there is no sufficient practice in the car, there is no way the smaller teams will be seeing any success.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is he trying to run F1 into the ground?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Effectively, what Bernie is saying is "the FIA, whose job it is to make the rules, are incompetent and need someone else to come in an make the rules."

        What Mansell is saying is "I want F1 to become a homogenous racing series for drivers, not fans, or technology, or innovation, or..."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which one?

        TBH,....short of showroom stock and GT racing,....open wheel has no other "non-spec chassis" series.....so why be like everyone else?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I swear... I like you Mansell, but I will permanently sear on your mustache if a Spec chassis F1 ever comes to be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      AiDub....heres the DIFFERENCE between F1 and most other car racing...its not ONLY the drivers agai st one another...its the MANUFACTURERS....they dont just have different sets of stickers....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with Bernie on this one. Let us not forget about the spirit of automotive competition...is not only about drivers, but also the makers of the machines.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say cap the horse power at 500hp and have a minimum weight of 1200lbs and to hell with every other rule. Lets see the days of ground effects cars again!
      • 5 Years Ago
      CART was choice, went spec, now with Indy spec, = dead race. Spec F1 = same death.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bernie is getting senile and Nigel is daydreaming...both are mental masturbating.
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