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F1 Bahrain GP: Alonso: We need to make F1 a real man’s sport

Fernando Alonso urges F1's powers not to waste the opportunity to make F1 'a real man's sport' when it overhauls the regulations in 2017.
Fernando Alonso has urged F1 not to waste its opportunity in shaking up the regulations for the 2017 season, saying it needs to focus on returning it to being a 'real man's sport'.

The two-time world champion has been an outspoken critic of the current generation of F1, saying the cars are not fast enough, too heavy and force you to temper speed in the pursuit of fuel saving, while some of the rules – such as elimination qualifying – are too complex.

Despite this, the McLaren-Honda driver has hope for the coming seasons, saying he expects the regulations – which are yet to be agreed – to speed up the cars and make them more of a challenge.

“From the winter, the main thing is to make the cars faster and make F1 a real man's sport and this is the plan for next year. There is an understanding from everyone we need to change something and hopefully we are doing in the right direction.

“We all want to improve the sport and make the race better and improve the show for everybody. There is no magic solution, every year there are tweaks to the regulations.

“The main point for me is the cars and the rules are probably not as fun to drive as a couple of years ago. The tyres, the weight of the cars, we are 125kg heavier than we were a few years ago, some changes in F1 that are not as fast as we should be.

Still, Alonso suggests there is a short memory when it comes to exciting championships, suggesting 2008, 2010 and 2012 are still fresh for him.

“I think we saw some fantastic championships in recent years, 2010 and 2012 - 2008 with Felipe and Lewis. I think in recent years the sport has been criticised but the show was there to enjoy. The cars should be faster next year so we are constantly making changes to improve the show but I don't think it is a magic solution."
by Ollie Barstow

Tagged as: Mclaren , Fernando Alonso

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March 26, 2016 8:30 AM

Get rid of the stupid fast wearing tyres, halve the number of buttons on the steering wheel, drastically reduce the complexity of the front wings, bring back refuelling and increase engine power. Just a few things that need to happen next year...


March 26, 2016 11:03 AM

Dinosaurs ahoy... The thing about nostalgia is that people only remember the good bits. 15 years ago we had V10s, smaller wings, more noise, refuelling, tyres that lasted and the absolute certainty that Schumacher was going to win most races for the next few years. Go back another 15 years or so and we had 1.5 litre turbo engines and the certainty that Senna was going to win (13 out of 16 races in 1988). Now we have 1.6litre turbos and the certainty that a Mercedes will win. The noise (wasted energy) is less because the engines are so much more efficient. We have a lot of safe drivers who are not prepared to take the big risks needed and an authority composed of ancient politico-crooks and too many teams in it for the marketing. Sure, the front wings need reining in and another 20kg of fuel would unleash the power a bit more but the real problems are in greedy teams and hopeless administration.

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