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FIA Investigating WRC Plans
October 8, 2013
FIA president Jean Todt has confirmed a major format change for the 2014 World Rally Championship is under consideration. The WRC promoter has put forward plans to make the final day of events into a single-stage shootout, where the top-10 positions would be decided.
FIA Investigating WRC Plans

FIA president Jean Todt has confirmed a major format change for the 2014 World Rally Championship is under consideration, but has promised to "be careful."

The WRC promoter has put forward plans to make the final day of events into a single-stage shootout, where the top-10 positions would be decided. The drivers in 10th and ninth would battle for ninth place, the same for eighth and seventh all the way down to the driver in second place against the rally leader. The fastest time on the single stage would secure the position and rally victory.

Todt remains skeptical about the plans.

"At the moment, I would be very careful," he said. "When you make a decision, you must make sure it is a good decision. I have asked to investigate [this change] more.

"I think we must listen to the opinion of the supporters and there are a lot of new media, which can be helpful to be able to finalize some decisions as important as this one. All of that is in progress and we will see what is the outcome."

Volkswagen's Jost Capito admitted he had seen and heard the criticisms of the potential change, but he remained in favor.

"People say this is not the traditional way for rallying, but for me it is more traditional than what we have now—as drivers would have to complete every stage to win the rally and make the final classification," he said. "And the fight between the drivers can make the entertainment. If a driver wants to win his place, he has to be fast and make no mistakes on all stages, including the last one.

"We are very much in favor of this plan from the promoter—it was some of our plan as well."