F1 » Gerhard Berger critical of 'underpowered' modern F1

Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger has criticised the sport for being too safe and sterile, and says that watching modern Grand Prix races puts him to sleep.

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Cris Zarate

January 11, 2014 11:22 AM

Well said.... but the V6 is a great layout and also turbo.. but they should made it atleast 2 liter and bring back refuelling and scrap th current tires, as Mark Webber said on Top Gear, F1 should be flatout every lap, and not minding and prolonging the tires.. Bring back refuelling and let the drivers use the tires flatout.


January 11, 2014 11:35 AM

im sure in time the formula will be messed around with again we will go away from turbos again back to refuelling back to grooved tyres and then back to slicks back to 3.5 then back to 1.5 turbos then no refuelling then back 3.0 etc etc .........FIND A FORMULA THAT GIVES THE FANS RACING AND STICK WITH IT ....


January 11, 2014 11:45 AM
Last Edited 837 days ago

I pretty much agree with everything Gerhard said.......D'oh. As a driver from the days of 1200 + hp quali engines with much less downforce i'm sure the new cars don't impress him much.

The one thing I disagree with him and others on is his assessment of Alonso. At what point then is a driver entitled to be upset with a series under performing cars over the whole season??

A driver that can finish 2nd in the WDC in a car that at times has been only the 7th quickest on grid shows that driver is one of the best. Considering that Alonso had been in that situation for what is now 4 years in a row I think he held it together rather well. In fact his criticism was not really that harsh, It was just blown up because of the fact that it was Ferrari. I find it hard to believe ANY other driver would have handled the situation any better and no doubt some much worse.


January 11, 2014 11:59 AM

The drivers with most poles last year ( if the best ones qualify better)?

Does less power and tire thickness matter that much in competition in a category of a sport.


January 11, 2014 12:26 PM
Last Edited 837 days ago

B T: Does less power and tire thickness matter that much in competition in a category of a sport.

If that category claims to be the best of the best, the best drivers driving the fastest cars....... then YES. If IndyCars, prototyps or DTM cars become capable of faster lap times then where does that leave F1?


January 11, 2014 12:46 PM
Last Edited 837 days ago

Berger's right but he is from a bygone era. I say that with total sadness, not criticism.

The World is now sterile - it is just not acceptable to allow a fully grown, 'sane' individual to make a choice of putting their own life on the line, we can only be fed 'danger' if it is not life threatening...but, of course, right there we have the totally conflicting issue.
Danger=possible death / death=not acceptable ergo danger=not acceptable

I have been saying this for years, but F1 is not far off becoming PlayStation. Unfortunately you are more likely to injure yourself these days by spraining your wrist on your plastic steering wheel than on the track... (But, unlike PlayStation, it is not even acceptable to be a lard **** in F1 these days like the Hulk at an almost obese 11 Stone - sorry, Nico, you may be one of the best on the grid but I fear it will be PlayStation for you shortly.)

Japan, Brazil and possibly (oh, how sad) Belgium, still offer a couple of places where an individual

Jim Clausen

January 11, 2014 3:00 PM

I've been following F1 and other forms of auto racing for over sixty years. In the fifties, sixties and seventies it was not unusual to lose a driver, from one series or another, every month. F1, Indycar, sports car, Nascar, they all lost drivers every year. I am much more pleased to watch a race knowing the chances of a driver getting killed are much, much less. I vehemently disagree with anyone who would like to revert to the days when racing drivers perished on a fairly regular basis. I don't need the added "thrill" of watching a driver get killed.


January 11, 2014 3:16 PM

Jim I completely agree but the fatalities of the past were mostly down to lack of car/track safety not excessive performance. The current cars on modern tracks could easily handle 900-1000bhp and still maintain the current high safety standards in my opinion.

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