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Todt admits change is slow to come

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Formula One drivers should have permanent race numbers that are displayed prominently as in NASCAR, according to FIA president Jean Todt. But he also admitted change in the sport is never easy.

In an interview with Melbourne's Age newspaper, Todt said he would like to see a driver's name displayed prominently on his car to make him easier to identify.

"Like in NASCAR ... a driver who is arriving in Formula One, he gets a number," Todt said. "He would keep it for all of his career. You could identify a driver with a number. At the moment, you don't find the number, you don't find the name."

But he admitted it is not simple, even as president of F1's governing body, to unilaterally instigate a change. "I don't have the power without creating unnecessary conflict to change something I'm not happy [about].

He explained that teams may object based on needing all the bodywork space for sponsors, while the binding Concorde agreement sets out the conditions for rule changes.

"You need to have some strong ground for changing. You need to have a minimum of positive opinion among the group in Formula One," he said. "So far, unfortunately, they are not interested, they are quite happy. It will come ... it will change."

He also said the FIA recognised the need to keep the sport affordable and clean. ''The challenges we want to achieve is to reduce the cost, improve the show, and implementation of new technologies … we are thinking about some electric categories."

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