F1 »

Lauda slams adjustable rear wing

Never one to hold his tongue, former triple F1 World Champion Niki Lauda has slammed the new adjustable rear wing feature as 'the most stupid [and] certainly the most crazy idea ever invented'
The new adjustable rear wing introduced into F1 in 2011 is 'the most stupid [and] certainly the most crazy idea ever invented', Niki Lauda has blasted, with the Austrian legend arguing that overtaking should be purely a matter of skill and not technology.

In truth, the contentious DRS (Drag Reduction System) – which has drawn a mixed reaction from the sport's competitors following the F1 2011 curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne just over a week ago – did not greatly spice up the spectacle Down Under, with the habitual bywords of downforce and aerodynamic grip rearing their ugly head once again, as McLaren-Mercedes star Jenson Button discovered during his frustrating fight with Ferrari rival Felipe Massa.

The DRS is controlled by FIA stewards, and can be activated only when a driver is within a second of the car in front of him – but it palpably did not impress Lauda.

“The wing is the most stupid idea,” the triple F1 World Champion told Sport1. “Overtaking should be done by the drivers themselves and decided by them, not by the FIA with green lights in the cockpit telling them to fold their wings down or up. I would never have introduced this. It is certainly the most crazy idea ever invented.”

Meanwhile, the 62-year-old has tipped Red Bull Racing's reigning F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel – the man who dominated around the streets of Albert Park – to successfully defend his hard-fought drivers' crown this season, reasoning: “The year is long, but right now he is in the perfect car and is driving perfectly. He had a superior win in Australia. He is definitely the favourite if this continues.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
31.01.2011 Valencia, Spain,  New Sauber F1 Team C30 technical detail, rear wing - Sauber F1 Team C30 Launch - Formula 1 World Championship -
03.02.2011 Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team using a moveable rear wing
03.02.2011  Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7  using a moveable rear wing
27.03.2011- Race, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 and Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
27.03.2011- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia and Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
Niki Lauda (AUT) & Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP MGP W01
Niki Lauda (AUT), Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, 14-16th, March, 2008
Niki Lauda (AUT), Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, Sepang, Kuala Lumpar, 21st-23rd, March 2008
27.05.2017 - Qualifying, Atmosphere
27.05.2017 - Qualifying, Ari Vatanen (FIN)
27.05.2017 - Qualifying, Grid Girls
27.05.2017 - Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
27.05.2017 - Qualifying, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
27.05.2017 - Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
27.05.2017 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-17
27.05.2017 - Qualifying, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
27.05.2017 - Qualifying, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
27.05.2017 - Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

Brad - Unregistered

April 04, 2011 5:23 PM

Back in your hole old man... wait... he has a point? how about taking away stupid penalties for aggressive overtakes then end in tears, as far back as I can remember those were part of racing. Everybody is too scared to have contact that they avoid an overtake. remember back to the Senna, Prost days, overtaking was spectacular and risky. Senna was known for taking the smallest gap and making a move out of it, F1 drivers were real mean back then and the FIA stayed out of their way.

Nuevo - Unregistered

April 04, 2011 5:23 PM

Along with KERS this is downright stupid and does nothing for the sport exept hurt it. F1 stinks anymore, and I agree, let the mftrs build good cars and we'll see who the best drivers are. Lets bring some F1 back into F1.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.