F1 » Coulthard: New teams saga 'irresponsible' and 'degrades' F1

Thirteen-time grand prix-winner turned BBC pundit David Coulthard has backed the outspoken stance taken by Ferrari in arguing that the state of the F1 2010 newcomers 'degrades the sport', makes for 'a poor advertisement' and is 'plain irresponsible'

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F1 Novice

March 09, 2010 12:16 PM

All well and good berating the new boys but at least they along with Peter Sauber have had the nuts to give it a go and thank god - we could have been looking at only 18 cars on the grid (which if you attend a race as opposed to watching from a sofa just ain't enough) after the manufacturers left with their tails between their legs having nearly bankrupted the series with a financial arms race whilst trying to unsuccessfully buy success. :rolleyes:

Stuart - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 12:42 PM

He has some points though, mainly them letting new teams in without any testing, into the 'pinnacle of motorsport'. They need to be more fair with them, as it's the teams that make the sport, at least let them test!

FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 12:59 PM

DC is right. He's saying the same thing as MW and Ferrari. If a team can't even make testing then its a joke. We want new teams but hey have to have real money and a good plan and want to go racing. Too many new teams who just want to get on the grid to sell global advertising space

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 1:20 PM

I think the USF1 and Campos debacles have made the FIA look chumps, albeit ther armchair fan won't even know it's happened..... But Lotus and Virgin have, IMO, done an outstanding job. And the Stefan GP issue actually shows strength on FIA's part.

Ed Kelley - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 2:17 PM

D.C. is right this is not a finishing school. As an American you can not imagine how dissapointed I am in USF1. Its embarrassing. I looked O so forward to seeing an american team, Such is life. I pray that the new drivers have the angels wings with them and keep them safe!

Mark - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 2:24 PM

Whilst I do agree with DC about the poor state of the new teams , I also think that all teams have to start somewhere and in these financial times it was always going to be a struggle

I agree that going to a race witout having even turned a wheel is ridiculous but getting on the grid is half the battle and they've done well to achieve that. Assuming they can survive financially, what's to say that they don't improve next season and all this fuss dissappears. Minardi never set the world on fire but I admired them for sticking with it for years.

Of course, they could become a laughing stock and then you can forget what I just said!

rh - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 2:26 PM

He is correct. At the end of the day, F1 shouldn't be a numbers game. If there were only 6 or 7 teams in F1, but nothing to split them in terms of pace, it would be just as good if not better than 12 or 13 teams with a number of teams way way off the pace.

The FIA should have insisted that the new teams be no more than 2 or 3 seconds off the pace at the very least - even if it takes more testing for them.

Whats the point in having good teams if your going to have a bunch of tractors at the back clogging it all up?


March 09, 2010 2:29 PM

Massa said that the racing with the new teams will be like having two different series. That's EXACTLY what Max wanted. The same reason he selected only budget teams and Cosworth.

adrian - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 2:32 PM

i think in fairness virgin & lotus have done a good job to be where they are. HRT will have done well enough to turn up even if it looked like a mess.
in the end though its all down to the FIA, they let them in at a late enough stage to start from scratch,(their viability is another issue) then there was 40mil budget or not which rumbled on, did they ever have a chance?


March 09, 2010 3:07 PM

DC is only saying what most of us feel. and there are an increasing number of people in the f1 world, saying the same. allowing a team with NO history , to compete in the top echelon of motor sport , is mad. f1 should be a pinnacle that teams who make it, can aspire to. at least manor/virgin have some credentials, but HRT, and "lotus"??? i only hope that the fia will have the guts, to hold back any team that is woefully off the pace in practice. otherwise there is a serious risk of a faster car coming across a dawdler in a corner.

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