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Berger: F1 could learn from MotoGP

Gerhard Berger: Mercedes has of course done its homework really well and deserves every respect. But as fans we want more battles, more tension
Formula 1 needs more 'action' and could learn from MotoGP, former McLaren and Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger has said.

Berger believes the sport is currently too predictable and that importance of the driver has been negated by too much technology. He also reckons that the changes being proposed for the future - and discussed again on Friday in London by the FIA and key teams members - simply don't go far enough.

“We have a really difficult time. Mercedes has of course done its homework really well and deserves every respect. But as fans we want more battles, more tension,” the 56-year-old told Salzburg Nachrichten.

“In my day a Formula 1 car was like a loose cannon. We had cars with up to 1,400 bhp and without automatic transmission, electronic aids or today's aerodynamics. Today even sportscars have as much power as F1 cars.

“There were dominant teams in the past, but we had more retirements. Today every car finishes, there are no surprises. Previously until the last lap nothing was sure - and in my time driving errors were punished [too]. Today you have asphalt run-off areas and, with luck, you don't even lose a position.

“It is now clear after the first corner, who will win the race.”

Berger also said that the contrast to MotoGP could not be starker: “They have 270 bhp and 160 kilos and a small contact surface. That is exactly like a loose cannon. We have to go back and make the driver the decisive factor again,” added the winner of ten F1 races.

“There should only be four of five drivers who are capable of dominating. There must be change if we want to keep fans in the long term.”

His comments echo those he made two years ago, when he criticised the sport for being too safe and sterile, noting that modern Grands Prix send him to sleep.
by Rob Wilkins


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Rexxy

January 30, 2016 1:58 PM

Motogp as a spectacle is now at a different level compared to f1.....Motogp( including moto2,moto3) always provide brilliant on track action, drama nd is raw entertainment....current f1 needs to up its game big time today s f1 is downright boring...hopefully a better show by f1 this year

anotherbackseatdriver

January 30, 2016 1:34 PM

So Berger is a lone wolf as it seems in that no one with the authority seems to share his interest nor are any actions being taken to address the aspects which Berger rightly calls out. Its getting a bit of a farce. But all the talk still create hype and media and marketing $ - congrats Bernie. Drivers should dictate when to come in for tyres and lets go back to pit board messages, lets mess it up a bit. Also the blue flag matter is pants how can the drivers from positions 8 -24 race if they are always slowing down to let someone pass. If the lead car is good it can pass a slower car, if not wicked others will catch up and the racing gets better. I get safety but really its boring. And then there is too much data. Personally id love to see manual gearboxes and no radio at all except in a basic emergency. I do get its a so called team sport, I get there is big $ at stake but really lets get back to a car and driver and delight the fans. I write this knowing it will never happen and tha



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