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Alonso: Less respect in F1 than years gone by

9 May 2012

Fernando Alonso insists that there is a lack of respect in modern day Formula One compared to years gone by.

Alonso's comments came as he reflected on the anniversary of the death of Gilles Villeneuve, who was killed in an accident during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder 30 years ago.

The Spaniard was present at a special event at Fiorano on Tuesday to celebrate the anniversary, where Jacques Villeneuve drove the 312T4 that was raced by his father during the 1979 season.

Speaking afterwards, Alonso said that the Canadian had raced at a time when there was more respect between drivers given the increased danger involved in the sport and added that he was keen to see that respect return in the modern day.

“Gilles is a legendary figure for everyone, in Maranello and around the world, and I think it must have been incredible for Jacques to drive this fantastic car,” Alonso wrote in his blog on the Ferrari website. “What I know of the father came only through films and obviously, the one I remember best is the duel he had with Arnoux at Dijon, when he was driving the very same car that was on track yesterday.

“Unfortunately, these days, we no longer see this sort of fight because there are more difficulties to deal with: the cars are now dominated by aerodynamics and those sorts of passing moves are no longer possible. On top of that, there was definitely more respect then than there is now between us drivers, partly because they knew that, in those cars, they were risking their lives.

“I don't want to say that today things are done incorrectly, but I believe there is not that mutual respect, at least not from everyone, that there was back then. It's a problem that goes back a long way, to the junior categories and I think the time has come to try and get it back.”


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