FIA president Jean Todt has strongly hinted that he would like to get rid of the superally regulation which allows crews to re-enter rounds of the World Rally Championship when they have retired.
The controversial regulation began on the Acropolis Rally in 2004 and has divided opinion in the sport ever since. Purists believe retirement from an event means just that, while the alternative argument points to the benefits of returning retired cars to the event for the following day for spectator entertainment and the opportunity for younger drivers to gain experience.
Todt admitted he isn't keen on the regulation, saying, "I'm not a big fan of superally. Maybe for the spectators – if people have been traveling for a long time to see the cars they would be disappointed not to see them.
"Maybe we can find a way of allowing to test, but to score points once you have retired? I don't like the philosophy; it doesn't seem natural to me."
Todt added that there will be no rush to make regulation changes in the WRC: "We have the process to change, but before we change we must make sure it's a good change against an emotional reaction. We must make sure it's the right change."
The teams are eager for superally to remain. Ford's Malcolm Wilson said: "It costs a huge amount for the privateers in the Juniors and Super 2000 WRC to go around the world and if they retire on the opening stage all that money and effort is wasted. But superally gives them the chance to gain experience. It keeps cars on the stages and that has to be a good thing."