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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Buck Bundy

March 09, 2010 3:24 PM

NO history, apart from Manor?

Does what Campos acheived in GP2 count for nothing? And the application that emerged as Lotus was put in by Lightspeed who have a good record in F3. USF1 might be a start up, but Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor have a fair record between them?

On paper they all have history.

tom - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 3:47 PM

All this whingeing about the new teams pace is really just a symptom of being spoilt for quality in recent years - to have the entire established field covered by a second would never have happened even ten years ago.


March 09, 2010 4:01 PM

I agree with most here. What is the point of having new teams for the sake of it, if they're going to be 6 or 8 seconds off the pace? Ok, that will test the faster drivers' overtaking nous when lapping the slower cars - and it adds to the excitement for fans.

But from a technical/safety point of view, how can a team be allowed into a race weekend without having tested at all? I mean, do the drivers know how the car is going to behave? Do the engineers not need initial feedback in order to make important changes and tweaks? And will they be able to do ALL that in-between Friday and Saturday's practice sessions?

And how bad will F1 look if the FIA is forced to disqualify really slooow teams?


March 09, 2010 4:03 PM

buck bundy. i wouldnt call fielding a team in a one make series, as being a good background for entering f1. maybe light speed have slightly more credentials, but manor at least have been involved in developement series. that is why i say they have some experience. and as for peter windsor? the less said about him, the better. read the article on f1technical to view some of his past. good reading!

Danny Wirken - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 4:39 PM

I think they should make the formula 1 in 2 races a main and light series ad the end of the year the first of the licht gets to the main series and the last of the main series go to the light. there should be like 18 cars in the main series and 18 in the light. the licht should have the option to buy a ready made car from a main team.

Ging - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 5:06 PM

All this new team bashing is becoming pretty tedious. Sure, Virgin and Lotus are off the pace at the moment but they've got experienced people in place and they look pretty organised. The comparison with Andrea Moda is a disgrace. Andrea Moda couldn't organise the proverbial piss-up in a brewery. I place Virgin and Lotus at a higher level than Andrea Moda. I won't disagree with his stance on HRT though. I'll say this, what is the difference between the likes of Virgin/Lotus and Minardi? Minardi never seemed to get the same level of stick.

The issue here is elitism. F1 has become a cozy club and they don't want some new upstarts coming in and getting a slice of the action. Well in many ways I'm looking forward to seeing the new teams compete honestly without throwing money down the drain. Sure did Toyota a lot of good! Or Honda 2007/08? Real successful then, weren't they!

And by the way, if Ferrari are going to be critical of the new teams, I've got two things to say. 19

Ging - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 5:09 PM

My last paragraph should have said:

And by the way, if Ferrari are going to be critical of the new teams, I've got two things to say. 1992 and 1993. These were two wildly successful years for Ferrari weren't they! Or how about 1980? 8 points that year! Pot, kettle, black comes to mind.

TestingTimes - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 5:35 PM

Well how convenient. New team fails and suddenly they become a mockery?
How about we go to the root cause of the issue, the FIA SELECTION PROCESS.

To blame the newbies, then question their morals(In F1 of all places) is tantamount to urinating in the face a gale. The FIA as auspices of the sport, hold FULL and TOTAL responsiblity not some sap selected because he would do as he is told. Pointing fingers at the newbies is sure hell is good sport, Its also totally misguided.....

Martin - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 5:54 PM

Campos weren't building the car though, Dallara have produced that in time, despite the surrounding uncertainty.

There are issues surrounding the selection process, and I agree that HRT should have to do a shakedown at the very least before being allowed onto the grid. However, it's not so long ago that there were teams regularly running 5 seconds off the pace, and occasionally scoring points due to lower reliability. USF1 aren't the first team to fail to reach the grid, and for Stefan read Phoenix. When factories are pulling out of so many series, and teams like Vision, GSE and WSR struggling to put packages together, well done to the 3 newbies - give them time to get fast.

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