F1 » Sutil: Safety push has made modern F1 circuits 'boring'


Force India star Adrian Sutil courts controversy ahead of the new campaign by branding the modern genre of grand prix circuits 'too safe' and 'boring' - arguing that they take all the fun out of F1

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Taz - Unregistered

January 12, 2010 11:11 AM

Hmmmm

When he's in the middle of the pack on a charge those circuits are rarely boring for those round about him :)

He's on the money though, not many of the new circuits have generated great racing or are hugely interesting...give me Spa any day :)

Aarond - Unregistered

January 12, 2010 11:13 AM

Couldn't agree more with him, and i take my hat off to the lad for standing up and voicing his opinion about the tracks, it doesn't happen often enough

aeolus

January 12, 2010 11:54 AM

If it weren't for in car cameras I certainly wouldn't be watching F-1 any more. I count myself lucky to have seen GP races at Watkins Glen in the late 60s/early 70s. To watch Graham Hill hurtle his flimsy Lotus into the steeply banked 180 turn called the carousel at high speed was something. No guard rail no run off just nerves of steel and guts. Won't see those days again.

Monty - Unregistered

January 12, 2010 12:19 PM

An old school racer... nice to see :) The thrill of F1 for the high speed, risk and danger... glad to see he appreceates the risk and feels that the modern circuits are boring... more or less spot on with that comment =)

Luke - Unregistered

January 12, 2010 12:27 PM

Not so sure Senna would agree.
Tracks supposed to be the safest place to race.
Once that cars air born or heading for the wall I take comfort in know the drivers bound to be OK after a little R&R.
Sutil - if you want to live dangerously - have a cigarette. :-o

Arrows - Unregistered

January 12, 2010 1:06 PM

Its thanks to reckless drivers like Sutil that the tracks have had to have been made safe.

However, I do agree with him, tracks like Bahrain with a million miles of run off area really arent entertaining

Ken Wood - Unregistered

January 12, 2010 1:09 PM

I agree with Adrian on this.
The authorities should lose circuits like Hungary,so boring with no overtaking, and redesign curcuits so that we can have wheel to wheel racing and allow the drivers true skill to show through.

Luke - Unregistered

January 12, 2010 1:40 PM

Modern track safety is a MUST be it a fly by spring or
Flavio 'Crash' conspiracy or just the simple wheel to
wheel racing gone wrong.... Come on! Please tell me you're not into watching F1 for the possible accident :?

Alan D - Unregistered

January 12, 2010 1:42 PM

I think he is right to express his frustration, but wrong to think safety is the culprit. The cars cannot overtake because there is only one racing line through the corners and it is almost impossible to get side by side through them. The corners are too uniform, no changing radius through the curve. The braking zones are too short on a modern F1 car. And cars cannot get close enough in corners to be able to slipstream down the straight. When they do slipstream they hit the engine rev limiter and cannot pass anyway. None of that (with the exception perhaps of carbon brakes affecting length of braking zones) has anything to do with safety.

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