F1 » Trulli: F1 has 'taken an ugly turn', talent no longer counts

Team Lotus F1 veteran Jarno Trulli has launched an outspoken attack on the sport, claiming it has 'taken an ugly turn' of late in prioritising money over talent - sending it back 20 years...

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Racehound - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 5:51 PM

This I hate to say is the legacy Max Mosley has left Formula 1. His desire to make F1 cheaper, and therefore more accessible to smaller teams, was born purely out of his need to try to gain the upper hand and more control over the manufacturer based teams. Also, his incessant interference over the technical regulations of this sport was him trying to manipulate results by giving his chosen teams unfair advantages. Banning the Renault mass dampers whilst everyone else were trying to develop their own was only to take away the technical advantage Renault had found. The double diffuser fiasco where only 3 or 4 teams were given the green light to incorporate it into their cars after other teams were given ambiguous clarification over the issue can now be seen in hindsight as an absolute certainty Max was pandering to Honda, Toyota and trying to give Williams an early season advantage over the Big 3. Max was clearly trying to keep Honda and Toyota in F1 after they had both threatened to

Racehound - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 6:00 PM

withdraw because of the cost! Williams have been aided by Max and Bernie Shekelstone for years, because without their help they would have disappeared from F1 at least 5 years ago!! Who knew Max was going to get caught up in his own little scandal, that seems to have been the catalyst for his removal/retirement as President of the FIA? Had Max been allowed to continue his agenda then Im sure the threatened breakaway by the top teams would have become a reality. We were heading towards a spec series under Max, but even with Jean Todt as President, I cant help but wonder if he is still having any input. After all, J.Todt was Max preffered choice to repolace him!

jose - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 6:24 PM

Well thanks, Trulli has put F1's unspeakable truth on the table..JV stated the same, he was ignored, even laughed at..Really..This is what the grid in F1 has become. Eight or ten real competitors, the rest a supporting cast of wannabes whose only qualification a number affluent sponsors.
Money is the sole controlling factor in F1 and if this trend continues this sport will be destroyed.

One truth still remains, you can't buy talent...



January 11, 2011 7:18 PM

Completely agree with Jarno, but i wish everyone would stop insulting Petrov. He made have got his seat mostly on money, but you dont win GP2 races without some considerable talent. Besides, he has to have the talent to get the sponsorship money.

JOHN - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 8:22 PM

Completely true what Jarno said. It reminds me of what Gordon Gekko said in the film (Wall St)'Greed is good', 'Its a zero sum game- someone wins someone looses' etc. Bernie+Max= Gordon Gekko. Its a sad state of affairs. Maybe someone can bring better like showing live WSB on BBC or the likes. We should not give up the rest of us morals- as JFK once said 'See not what your country can do for you , but what you can do for your country'!!!

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