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Coulthard column: "slow cars disillusion drivers"

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by paracletus, May 12, 2015.

  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/32699924
    By David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator and former F1 driver

    "The Spanish Grand Prix was not exactly the most exciting Formula 1 race there has ever been, and that has inevitably revived the debate about whether F1 needs some form of surgery to recover some magic.
    This is a hot topic in F1 - the teams are meeting this week for the latest discussions over whether to change the rules for 2017 to make the cars more exciting and spectacular.
    They might not say so publicly, but I know that the current drivers are all a bit disillusioned with the current F1 because the cars are so slow compared to previous years, and the drivers are so far within their ability levels during the races.

    You watch the in-car camera through somewhere like Turn Three in Barcelona. That should be right on the edge, heart in mouth, nearly flat-out, like it was a few years ago. Now they all have to take a massive lift through there.

    The other day I was voicing some commentary from the 2000 French Grand Prix, which I won after angrily gesticulating at Michael Schumacher because his driving had annoyed me.

    The cars looked properly fast. Of course, F1 still looks quick. But the difference was quite striking. "
  2. Hard to disagree with his sentiments. He validates a lot of thoughts I've had that seem to be easily batted away by the status quo defenders.
  3. Alonso's comments:
    "Alonso added that it has been a decade since he felt physically and mentally worn out at the end of a grand prix.
    "They were eight seconds quicker," the 33-year-old said of the cars from his title-winning seasons with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
    "The engineers did some calculations. The winner of Malaysia this year would have been lapped six times by the winner of Malaysia in 2006."

    ^THAT is absurd!