/ Motorsport / New era ‘completely overshadows’ drivers – Alesi

New era ‘completely overshadows’ drivers – Alesi

Linked In Share

Mar.7 (GMM/Inautonews.com) A week before F1′s brave new era begins in earnest, not everyone is excited.

At the Geneva motor show, former F1 driver Jean Alesi admitted he is no fan of the ‘greener’ era of energy-recovery boosted cars.

“The driver is being completely overshadowed by the new technology,” said the Frenchman.

“It is a challenge for the engineer but not the driver. We have entered an era in which only the tools count,” added Alesi, who raced more than 200 times until 2001.

“Now a driver cannot trust his instinct to attack his opponent because he is just one small element of the machine.”

Alesi said it is no surprise Mercedes looks set to dominate early in 2014.

“That has not happened by chance,” said the French-Sicilian. “As (Ferrari boss) Stefano Domenicali has said, Mercedes is a giant who did an extreme preparation for this championship.”

Also not overjoyed at F1′s new era is Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who said the changes for 2014 have been “very expensive for teams but changing little for the viewer”.

But FIA president Jean Todt insists formula one had to change.

“If you go to the Geneva motor show,” he told Italy’s La Stampa, “you see that cars are different now. There are hybrid and smaller engines, fewer cylinders.

“The automotive world has changed, and F1 must be a laboratory of technologies rather than a showcase of aerodynamics,” Todt said.

He is even unapologetic about F1 losing its iconic engine ‘scream’.

“The sound of the turbo has its own charm,” Todt insisted, “but in addition we have powerful cars that consume much less fuel — it was an inevitable revolution.

“And if Honda has decided to come back, it means the revolution is working.”

At the same time, Todt said, formula one must reduce its costs.

“It is absurd,” he said, “that half of the drivers in the maximum category of automobile racing are paying to drive. I know of no other sport in the world where that happens.”

The apparent solution is a mandatory cost cap, and the details are being discussed now. Not supportive at all is McLaren’s returning supremo, Ron Dennis.

“If you can’t afford to be in F1,” he said on Thursday, “don’t be in F1.”

Dennis also accused the FIA of being hypocritical about costs, having imposed the “most expensive engine in the history of motor sport” on the teams.

“The same people who took us down this path are now going down another path, saying we need to reduce costs. How contrary to logic is that?” he asked.

by Mircea Serafim (my Google+) - Friday, March 7th, 2014 - filed under Motorsport. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles


Discuss: New era ‘completely overshadows’ drivers – Alesi

Leave a Reply
















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

US: senators ready to decide if the NHTSA gets new boss
US: senators ready to decide if the NHTSA gets new bossMark Rosekind, a human fatigue and pilot-alertness expert has been nominated to end the hiatus at the top of the National Highway ...
Japan: country officials worried about impact on reputation from Takata scandal
Japan: country officials worried about impact on reputation from Takata scandalAccording to an official at Japan's transport ministry, if in the US Takata-equipped cars were recalled on a nationwide level, ...
US: Alfa Romeo could soon bring a new midsize sedan
US: Alfa Romeo could soon bring a new midsize sedanAccording to various reports coming from Europe, the US showrooms of the resurrected Alfa Romeo premium sports car brand could ...
Lamborghini Urus SUV might be produced outside Italy
Lamborghini Urus SUV might be produced outside ItalyThe Lamborghini Urus SUV might be produced outside Italy once it will be ready for the market, in 2017. “The raging bull” ...
Supplier ZF says driver-assistance technologies really hot now
Supplier ZF says driver-assistance technologies really hot nowThe German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG moved to purchase y TRW Automotive Holdings in September for $13.5 billion as it seeks ...
BMW 2-Series Active Tourer gets AWD
BMW 2-Series Active Tourer gets AWDThe BMW 2-Series Active Tourer will not be offered with all-wheel drive options too, as the company has recently announced. The ...
Audi TT Coupe by ABT Sportsline in Essen
Audi TT Coupe by ABT Sportsline in EssenThe new generation of the Audi TT Coupe has received a series of aftermarket factory items, at the 2014 Essen Motor Show, which ...
US: Black Friday deals boost sales in November
US: Black Friday deals boost sales in NovemberPeople are not being scared by the menacing name of the now very popular discount celebration, which means that customers would ...
2016 Kia Picanto spied
2016 Kia Picanto spiedKia is currently working on an updated version of the current Picanto which will be officially presented to the public next year, ...
US: car-sharing service Uber stops operations in Nevada
US: car-sharing service Uber stops operations in NevadaWell-known ridesharing business venture Uber has announced it decided to suspend the company’s operations in the US state of ...
2016 Volkswagen Golf R to get a manual option
2016 Volkswagen Golf R to get a manual optionA manual transmission option will be added on the Volkswagen Golf R for the 2016 model year. The 2016 Volkswagen Golf R will be ...
Europe: future CO2 emission thresholds could be revealed next month
Europe: future CO2 emission thresholds could be revealed next monthThe European Commission should next month present the progress on upcoming emission targets for new cars to be purchased in the ...
McLaren P1 crash – new image pops up
McLaren P1 crash – new image pops upA new image with the crashed McLaren P1 has made its way onto the web, revealing the totaled 1-million USD supercar. One day ago ...
U.S. – Jaguar F-Type V8 S to be offered only in AWD specification
U.S. – Jaguar F-Type V8 S to be offered only in AWD specificationJaguar will be offering the F-Type V8 S in the all-wheel drive specification only, in the United States. If you live over-seas ...
China: licensed drivers surpass the 300 million mark
China: licensed drivers surpass the 300 million markThe world’s largest auto market can also brag about the fact that its total number of drivers almost matches the total number ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer xDrive AWD 1
Audi TT Coupe by ABT Sportsline tuning 1
Spy-Shots of Cars
mclaren p1 crash dallas
ferrari enzo replica f430 based 1
2015 mazda2 coupe 1
Pagani Zonda 760RSJX 1
BMW M4 by AC Schnitzer tuning 1
Audi Q7 001
Spy-Shots of Cars
2015 ford mondeo hybrid 1
2015 mercedes-benz c-class india 1

More automotive from inautonews
Mark Rosekind, a human fatigue and pilot-alertness expert has been nominated to end the hiatus at the top of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, without a leader for some months. Now, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has scheduled a hearing for next week ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
Test Drive: Ford Fiesta ST
Test Drive: Ford Fiesta ST The current generation of the Ford Fiesta ST has been officially presented to the public back in March, 2012, during the Geneva Motor Show, and it ...
Test Drive: Renault Twizy – Back to basics
Test Drive: Renault Twizy – Back to basics Renault has been producing the Twizy for a couple of years now, in its Valladolid, Spain, facility but spotting one on European roads can turn out ...
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz SL400
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz SL400 The Mercedes-Benz SL is currently in its sixth generation and since the company has released a new entry-level, the SL400, which is basically the ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety US: senators ready to decide if the NHTSA gets new bossMark Rosekind, a human fatigue and pilot-alertness expert has been nominated to end the hiatus at ... Japan: country officials worried about impact on reputation from Takata scandalAccording to an official at Japan's transport ministry, if in the US Takata-equipped cars were ...
Safety Section