Wednesday March 7th, 2001
International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley should resign after the tragic start to the Formula One season, former driver Clay Regazzoni said on Wednesday.
"When Mosley says that his engineers have made mistakes in calculating the progress the cars have made this year he should have the courage to resign," the Swiss told Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.
"But I don't think he'll do it."
"Look how many accidents there have been this year, even in private test sessions," said Regazzoni, wheelchair-bound with spinal injuries since his Ensign slammed into a concrete wall at Long Beach in California in 1980.
The former Ferrari driver said technical advances had made cars faster round the curves and more dangerous.
Regazzoni was speaking after a trackside marshal was killed at the Australian Grand Prix when he was hit by a tyre which flew off Jacques Villeneuve's BAR car.
The Canadian's car hit the back of Ralf Schumacher's Williams and was catapulted into a safety fence. Seven fans were also hurt by the shower of debris.
Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello was also involved in a shunt with Jordan's German driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen in Sunday's race in Melbourne.
International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Mosley told Gazzetta on Tuesday that he was worried that cars were faster than expected.
"We knew that competition between the two tyre makers might increase the speed and that is why the technical commission worked on the aerodynamic regulations to reduce it," he said. "The impression is that the sums were not right.
"We don't want to jump the gun but if Malaysia and Brazil were to confirm, as I fear, the results from Melbourne, the FIA must act quickly."
Regazzoni described the technical commission's changes to the aerodynamics as "palliatives" and said drivers were risking too much.
"Villeneuve should be shown the red card for what he did in Melbourne and Barrichello should be punished too for his accident with Frentzen," said the Swiss.
He said he had not been to a Grand Prix since 1994, when Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.
"I don't agree at all with the way Formula One is run," he said. "It's all about business and the sport is being trampled."