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Moss: New rules reduce Schumacher’s chances

Stirling Moss says he feels the clamp down on dirty driving in F1 will hurt Michael Schumacher
Sir Stirling Moss says the FIA's decision to clamp down on dirty driving in the 2011 F1 season will lessen Michael Schumacher's chances of success in the second year of his comeback.

The governing body has announced a clearer set of rules on driving standards and has given stewards more ways of punishing drivers for on-track indiscretions.

Schumacher was at the centre of one of the more controversial on-track moments in Hungary earlier this year when he forced former team-mate Rubens Barrichello towards the pit wall while fighting for position and was handed a grid penalty for the Belgian GP as a result.

"I see that they've done something about dirty driving and that'll probably lessen Schumacher's chances," Moss told ESPNF1. "It was disgraceful what he did at the Hungarian Grand Prix; Formula One is now one of the safest sports there is, but if somebody had been coming out of the pits at that moment it could have been a disaster."

The decision to do something about on-track behaviour is one of a series of changes that will come into play in 2011, and Moss added that the re-introduction of KERS and the news that teams can use a moveable rear wing could make the new season even better than the five way title fight seen this year.

"I'd like to hope that this coming year is going to be even better than last year, and I think last year was one of the best seasons we've seen for a long time," he said. "With all these changes the driver input, it would seem to me, is going to be much higher than in previous years. I think that's a good thing because the driver input has been cut down so much that two seconds can cover the whole field [excluding the new teams] which is unreal."

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Llort Murof - Unregistered

December 21, 2010 12:18 PM

Sweet jesus, where's a lift shaft when you need one... You're not worthy to clean the man's shoes Mossey - Please stop embarrassing yourself, a man whose position is based on the perception of greatness, rather than actual achievement, is a unstable one. Stop discrediting yours. Relics like Moss need to realise that this is a professional sport these days and, despite a smattering of pay-to-play drivers, is an aggressive and competetive world full of drivers who direct their entire existence to being as good as they can, rather than a rich boys club. Even raw talent is not enough (Kimi).

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