In an interesting twist that would seem to be born from the blowback over the FIA’s ‘double points’ scheme, Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo is calling for a team summit in Maranello to discuss the future of Formula 1. He told AUTOSPORT:
“I have the intention to invite [all teams] to Maranello, not to discuss a single point that maybe can give an advantage to one team or another, but to talk about the overall approach to Formula 1,” he said.
“I think the people do not have enough opportunities outside of the tough weekend of races – where you have to prepare the car for the races, the sponsors, the television, the public – to have one day peaceful talking each other to look ahead.”
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has always maintained that the teams would not succeed in any break-away series or without Formula One Management and the FIA because they ultimately will place themselves above others competitively speaking and will not endorse any notion that might see them compromising.
Could a team summit reach any agreement on the future direction of the sport? Having signed new commercial agreements with the commercial right holders, just what, if anything, could the teams agree upon and initiate? As for double points, Luca seems to think the series needs to give it a shot for a year and go from there:
“I am personally in some doubt,” he said. “The best way to discuss and to find out may be to do a one year test and then see. Now is too early to say.
“I also don’t want to give the feeling that they [the teams] said yes and now we say no. I personally have some doubts. I said this to [Jean] Todt and I said this to Bernie privately.”
It’s unfortunate that this is the attitude toward such a drastic change that is clearly not favored by F1 fans with an 80-90% disapproval rating. Perhaps Ferrari’s president will at least get a dialog going about the current direction the sport is heading…talking is good regardless of how optimistic we are that everything will be resolved at the summit.