Formula 1 - When a revolution breaks out in the paddock - Sport
- The Formula 1 drivers demand immediate action against the boredom of Mercedes dominance.
- But this is not so easy.
Anyone who wants to go to the paddock at the Austrian Grand Prix to be explained by Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel about the remedy for the monotony that has taken possession of Formula 1 racing past racing drivers who still love racing have experienced in an anarchic state. To Jack Brabham. Niki Lauda. Nelson Piquet. To Jackie Stewart, Jochen Rindt, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. Everyone received a portrait and a button on the "Walk of Legends". You can press the buttons, then the racer starts to speak.
The racers talk about the nature of their sport, about the existential. They talk a lot about danger and death.
"My biggest concern is that the car does not break," says Rindt: "I feel that I'm personally good enough to not make a mistake, but I'm not sure I can control the car if there's something on the car goes wrong." Rindt died in Monza in 1970. At his Lotus, the front right brake shaft was broken. Stewart says that if he crashes, "it would not be a big deal for him to die". Because he would be too busy at the moment to intercept the car. "It would all go very fast and I would not feel anything."
Too much adversity is coming together
Who knows. Maybe someday Hamilton and Vettel will get a button in Spielberg. The Vettel to play would not talk about danger and death, but say: "Burn the rulebook and start from scratch!" And after a break in art: "In our sport you can not set a rule just in case, you should give the drivers the freedom to race against each other."
A touch of revolution has seized the paddock these days. Not only Vettel questions the foundations of Formula 1. His colleagues support him. Too much adversity is coming together. First there was the controversial verdict of the commissioners in Canada, the Vettel cost the victory. Then followed that meditative-hypnotic snore race in Le Castellet, which some observers called the most boring Grand Prix - it was the 1005th - of history. In France, Hamilton had clinched the sixth victory in the eighth race of the season, in such a comfortable way that probably would not even protest, the World Cup would be presented 13 races before the end of the season. He sees "the mess we're in," Hamilton said. It is not the driver's fault.