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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piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 9:27 AM

As I am sure I have written before, the 30-year and counting Toleman/Bennetton/Renault story should be the only story the new team haters need to familiarise themselves with. Then just let the new teams get on with it please?

co comment - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 10:28 AM

I agree with DC 100%

I thought last years debacle was bad but this is ridiculous. Surely new teams coming in to the sport should have to come up through a feeder series such as GP2, Champcar or even Nascar.

You can't just show up with deep pockets and announce that your team will play in the premier league.

Alan D - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 11:00 AM

CDF: "Also if all the new teams got up to within 107% of the fastest cars at testing why is David and other drivers complaining"

Again, why are you treating 107% as if it is a universally accepted limit?

Alan D - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 11:05 AM

Paul: Dose anyone know if the 110% qualifying rule is to be applied this season

Actually the rule you are thinking about was 107%, not 110%, and no, it doesn't apply this season. When it was introduced last time, it was because there were some seriously slow cars on a very crowded grid, but the rules were changed the season they went to one lap qualifying. Obviously, in one lap qualifying there were always cars which didn't set a time and by that time, we no longer had the cars which were ten seconds off the pace.

no comment - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 11:42 AM

@ Alan D

Are you sure about that? I seem to remember commentators last year talking about rivers who hadn't set times due to crashes or mechanicals having to ask the other teams permission to be able to race. It's quite possible that I am wrong here tho.

colin gleadhill

March 10, 2010 11:57 AM

A few years back we had no fuel stops, there was racing for the first 10-12 laps and the last 10 laps the big chunk in the middle was just boring saving fuel was the order of the day a procession of cars on the MObile economy run, i fear the same for 2010

Alan D - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 4:33 PM

NC, you heard right, but not for the days of one lap qualifying. Back in the days when we had the 107 rule and one hour quallies, you did sometimes get drivers who were unable to set a time, but the FIA would look at their best time in the practice sessions and if that was within 107% then they'd get in starting from the back of the grid. All the other teams had to agree to this but I don't ever recall anyone being rejected. When one lap qually came in I remember Martin Brundle saying he'd asked team bosses if the 107 rule still applied and no-one was sure whether it was still applicable or not. Continued.

Alan D - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 4:38 PM

There was one meeting where the first couple of cars on the one lap qualifying set a reasonable time, and then the rain poured down and everyone else was struggling to even stay on the track. Fortunately, that was the first of the two sessions, so everyone did better times in the second session. I cannot remember which GP it was, but I think a Minardi was leading the time sheets after Q1. I think they realised that if the second session had also been a washout you could have had just two or three cars on the grid and everyone else outside the 107% line which would have been even worse than the Indy fiasco, so I think that was when they decided the rule was obsolete.

Mark Ueber

March 11, 2010 9:48 PM

Oh boy, another "never was" pundit kissing up to the powers that be.

Why don't we just start a field of four with two Ferraris and two McLarens? That way, we'll be sure one or the other will always win, and the "Pinnacle of Motor Sport" (said with a booming deep voice and a slight echo) will continue to be a stale "good old boys" club.

Hello to the newcomers. Best of luck to them.

Fragiley F1 - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 2:05 AM

Why do we have to hear the opinion of every washed up F1 driver and team principal. F1 is a failed business model and will only survive with huge painful changes. Only when DC and the other good ole boys die off will the sport change.

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