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Vettel: F1 should remain a sport, not a show

Sebastian Vettel wants F1 to remain as the 'pinnacle of motorsport' and not be distracted by a desire to simply improve the show.
Sebastian Vettel has urged Formula 1 to tweak the regulations to ensure the series remains a sport and does not get distracted by a desire to make it a show.

The four-time world champion has been critical of the current 'hybrid' era of F1, not least the frugal aspects that prevent the drivers from pushing from start to finish.

With this in mind, Ferrari driver Vettel believes F1 has a golden opportunity with the proposed change in technical regulations for 2017, to direct itself towards ensuring it remains the 'pinnacle' of motorsport.

“The way I consider it Formula One is a sport,” he said. “I understand it's a show, as well, but for me it's a sport. When I started racing what interested most, apart from the driving, was the racing bit, the fighting with the other kids, trying to come out first, trying to be the quickest, and I think that remains the main challenge. For me this remains the most important thing.

“Formula One has always been the pinnacle of motor sport so it's natural the cars should be quicker than all the other cars around the globe, which I think they are.

“Here and there we have aspects we can improve, and if you look back and figure an average I think it should be pretty clear what we should stick with or what we should go back to, in the future.”

Vettel has previously said he believes cars should have more 'equality' to try and ensure closer racing and has been staunchly critical about previous efforts to alter the 'show', most recently qualifying.
by Ollie Barstow



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