F1 much less physical than past – Heidfeld image

(Inautonews.com/GMM) Nick Heidfeld has admitted that driving a formula one car in 2011 is physically much easier than it was in the past.

In terms of the complexity of the task, drivers have complained this year that KERS and DRS are making their lives difficult.

But in terms of the actual physical exertion and fitness required to handle the corners, German veteran Heidfeld said there is “no comparison” between 2011 and the past.

Speaking to Germany’s Speed Week, he was no doubt comparing the current V8 formula with Pirelli tyres with the height of the V10 era complete with tyre war and complex aerodynamic bodywork.

“Compared to the past, it’s like a children’s birthday party now,” he said.