Debate: Is F1 challenging enough?

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, Montreal, 2007, 4It’s the year of the super-rookies.

Seven races in and Lewis Hamilton hasn’t been off the podium yet. Sebastian Vettel just became the first teenager to score an F1 point.

Has F1 gotten too easy? Or is it just coincidence?

Are F1 cars too easy for beginners to get to grips with? GP2, which Lewis Hamilton just graduated from, seem to have a higher power-to-grip ratio than F1 cars, and no traction control.

F1 cars are almost bolted to the ground with masses of aerodynamic grip and, until next year at least, bristle with electronic aids to help the driver avoid spinning.

Circuits are less punishing of mistakes than they used to be – most tracks have vast run off areas allowing drivers to make mistakes without losing time or crashing. No one wants to see drivers get hurt, but it’s much easier now to put a wheel offline and not get penalised for it.

Has F1 gone a bit soft? Or have we just got a new crop of extremely talented and young drivers on our hands?

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