Alonso: They’re limiting creativity and F1 is looking more like GP2
1 June, 2012
Jun. 1 (Apex) Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has hit out at the current Formula One regulations which he believes have restricted engineering creativity and as result the cars are becoming increasingly similar as the pinnacle of the sport becomes more like GP2.
Speaking at the opening of a Ferrari store in Madrid, the Spaniard said, “In part because of the rules and also because of the restrictions each year in the rules. When someone discovers something, the next year it’s banned. They’re limiting more and more every time the creativity or potential development of a car. We’re seeing more similar cars every time and it’s looking more like GP2 in the sense that there are more drivers.”
The two time world champion predicted, “Despite being a tight Championship, it’s Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari in that order in the Constructors. And in the six or seven first positions of the drivers’ championship, you’ve got the same drivers as last year. As a result of this, in a championship that goes on for so long, you’re going to have the same drivers battling it out in the end.”
Alonso also used the high profile opportunity to rally the troops at Maranello, “I’m happy and enjoying the moment but working very, very hard because, although we are leading the Championship, we could easily be sixth or seventh and quite a few points off the lead. So there’s still plenty of work to do.”
He added, We’re happy with how the season has begun in terms of points but not so much in terms of the competitiveness of the car, since we’ve suffered a lot in the first races to be on top.”
The 2012 season has been not only a battle on the track, but also a relentless battle off track as teams develop upgrades for their cars for just about every race.
Alonso confirmed, “We’ve brought some upgrades to Canada. This is a race both on and off the track. All the big teams are going to bring new parts so let’s see whose works best. We’ve tried to extract the most of what we had and our rivals have let their guards down. Hopefully in Canada we will confirm the improvement shown in Barcelona and Monaco. This year, two or three tenths make you lose or gain five or six places, because everything is very close. That’s why you have to take new parts to every race and improve against the clock back in the factory.”
“In Canada we want to confirm this improvement and be competitive in a more ‘normal’ circuit, because Monaco is unique due to its characteristics and Barcelona has very quick corners. Canada and Valencia are going to be two very important tests for us to see if we can really put both Ferraris in Q3, like we did in Monaco, and opt to be in the top places,” concluded the winner of 28 grands prix.
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