F1 » Hill: F1 has a lot of soul searching to do


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PhilW

September 18, 2009 7:08 PM

Firstly, Damon Hill was World Drivers' Champion and is currently the president of the British Racing Drivers' Club, which puts him in a pretty strong position to comment on the state of F1: a damn sight more so than any of us.
And secondly, he wasn't issuing statement, he was being interviewed by the national broadcaster who clearly recognise his experience and status. Perhaps they couldn't remember where they'd written your phone number so couldn't call you for the interview.

Rick B

September 18, 2009 7:35 PM

Oh, come on, I'm getting pretty tired of this "this is the worst thing evah" choir.

I mean for instance Senna deliberately crashing into Prost in the first corner in front of the entire pack was considerably more dangerous than Piquets solo spin into the wall. And that one decided a championship.

Yeah, crashing in order to get a safety car is unprecedented, but then again, safety cars haven't been around F1 that long.

And as far as cheating is concerned, I remember a time in the early 80's when cheating and bending the rules was pretty much the standard.

What happened in Singapore was bad, but the reactions are starting to get completely out of proportion.

rob01

September 18, 2009 7:40 PM

Spygate, Liegate, Wreckgate,diffusers, two tiers,medals,cosworth only,what more could you need to know that this is the worst F1 has been in sometime. Max and Bernie have brought F1 to the shambles its in. One is gone and the other needs to be on the way out.

race fan - Unregistered

September 18, 2009 8:40 PM

Did you actually see the Senna/Prost crashes? (as opposed to crash, since it actually happened twice) How the hell can you say it was "considerably more dangerous"? They took each other out into the gravel trap, no one else was involved, no debris left on the track.

This reaction is not out of proportion. If anything, it is underwhelming. This is probably the most serious matter F1 has ever had on its hands, and people are justifiably outraged because it seems none of the culprits are actually going to get punished -- Briatore, Symmonds, Piquet Jr. and probably Alonso.

19kRPM - Unregistered

September 19, 2009 1:51 AM

Piquet was the messenger and I give him credit for reporting it to the FIA. Thanks to Piquet Jr, F1 is in better position to start the soul searching process, now that one of THREE greatest detractors of F1 of the decade is gone from the sport. Except if it weren't for Flavs buddy league-partner Bernie and "Company". This third one being the worst case scenario and raising serious RED FLAGS against the future of F1 as a truly competitive motorsport!

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