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JV: Formula 1 is not epic anymore

Friday 14th February 2014



JV: Formula 1 is not epic anymore

JV: Formula 1 is not epic anymore

Doing the media rounds this week, Jacques Villeneuve has spoken of his concerns about the "state of F1."

The Canadian, who is set to compete in Rallycross, believes Formula One has become artificial in recent years with DRS, double points and the amount of electronics now on the cars.

He feels that detracted from the drivers and has made the sport boring.

"I'm worried about the state of F1, I just hope I'm wrong," he said in an interview with Autosport.

"I don't understand what they are trying to do. I don't understand the concept.

"Formula 1 is not epic anymore, the drivers are not heroes. The problem is that the changes are being made in an artificial way and that doesn't work.

"It may be fun for six months, but after that everyone gets bored, and once you start going artificial you have to do it more and more to the point where it's not even real racing anymore."

The 1997 World Champ added: "With the engine regulations, everything is so restrictive that it's not Formula 1 anymore, there's nothing special about it.

"Conserving fuel is fine, and it was great in the past. The problem is that the drivers don't have to do it. It's all done electronically.

"You sit there and it saves fuel for you, and that defeats the purpose.

"The epic has been taken out of F1. The overtaking happens because you press a button, not because you make a special move."

Villeneuve is not also in favour of Formula One's switch to smaller engines with this year being the first that the 1.6-litre turbocharged V6s will be in action.

In fact, he went as far as to say that F1 is not about the environmentally-friendly and never will be.

"They are trying to cater to the wrong people. They are trying to cater to the 'greens', but F1 is not green so there is no point even trying.

"It gives a good image to governments and parliaments but it's not F1.

"And they want to cater to the younger fans that don't have an attention span, and just want an overtake every two seconds even if it is a terrible one, because they don't understand it.

"I'm a purist and I love the sport. I loved the 60s and 70s, when the fans even enjoyed the races where only four cars finished and they were two laps apart.

"You respected what the drivers had done, what they had achieved.

"They are making a lot of decisions that in the long run are not helping F1."

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