The 1997 Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve has criticised the direction the sport has taken in recent years, saying it has become too artificial.
“I really don’t get it, I really don’t get modern F1,” Villeneuve said in an interview for BBC Radio Five. “They’ve started going the artificial way to try to create a fake show: the tyre changes, different tyres, and then DRS where you press a button and you can overtake somebody else.”
“And once you start going down that route you can’t stop. You just have to make more and more and more of it. So now we have double points for the last race. What’s next?
“It becomes more and more artificial and instead of having a positive effect you end up making it where people don’t respect it any more.”
Villeneuve said few current drivers voiced criticisms of the sport because of commercial pressures. “You can imagine a driver that gets a lot of money from sponsors being told ‘OK, don’t say that please’ and fine, that you could understand.”
“But more than half the field are pay drivers which means they cannot lose their ride,” he added. “They should at least have a little bit of personality.”
“They don’t even have that: they’re not fast, they’re paid to race and then they’re hardly interesting on top of it.”
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