F1 » René Arnoux on THAT race with Gilles Villeneuve

"You could only have that kind of fight with Villeneuve; I think we had the same temperament, the same way of regarding racing, the same hunger to win...I didn't call Gilles a driver, I called him the acrobat of the circuits!"

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August 12, 2011 7:52 PM
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Just another indication of how much has changed in the requirements of the driver. Certainly there is not much need anymore for driver thinking during the race. You've got a coach and strategist on the radio all the time telling you status relative to the field, when to push for fast laps, how much is left of your fuel and tyres, the health of the car and what to do about it, the whole strategy, etc. I think that is probably the most significant factor in changing F1 from a driver's competition into a car/team sport. Yes, certainly it is the same in that only the best can get the most from a car. But the driver in those days was still pretty much the sole assessor of situation and implementer of tactics and strategy, if not also the formulator thereof. It's missing now, much to the detriment of the sport.

Frank (NL) - Unregistered

August 12, 2011 10:13 PM

Indeed, not THAT story again. Great race, no question about that. But afterr all these years, and all these reruns it is as interesting as The Battle of Britain. Never in history was so much... Etc etc.

And Rene, you are not in the same league as Gilles. He had a bad car, you didn't. And he whipped your behind...

The Legendary T.A. - Unregistered

August 13, 2011 12:16 AM

Frank (NL) thats a bit unfair to Rene Arnoux , he was a charger and a fighter and racer on any day he felt good , its a video clip thats only memorable because TWO drivers contributed to it , drivers in F1 today don't know real danger .You could get killed or badly injured driving in F1 a few decades ago. Read "Winning is not Enough" by Sir Jackie , its a gread read and an education in itself by a living legend


August 13, 2011 6:22 AM

Nutballracer, a good post yours, not only true facts but goes to show how things change, the trouble for people my age is the artificial way FI has started on, how can a real FI follower ever except the artificiality of the two press to pass buttons (DRS/KERS)/ pit wall telling the driver what settings to use? Remember there was a time when mclaren even adjusted settings on the car from the pit.
Now let me recount a fact when drivers where real man, when Mercedes tested both cast iron and aluminium pistons the final decision which type of pistons to use was left to the drivers, OK, am talking about the past, a very long time ago when Mercedes had four valves per cylinder for the first time with 3 spark plugs with room for a 4th on each cylinder.

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