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Driver on the overtaking problem: 'Must also be boring races'

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D he GP Australia was never a race at which has been much overtaken. We will only know after the races in Bahrain and Shanghai whether overtaking has become an even bigger problem than in the past. These are routes on which there have been an above-average number of position changes on the route in the past. The drivers therefore warn against scare tactics. 'Let's wait for the next two races,' Daniel Ricciardo holds the ball flat. “Today, overtaking depends on the route. There are 3 real overtaking points in Bahrain. That should make it easier. '

Colleague Max Verstappen is surprised that this topic is sloshing up again right now:' We have been talking about this for several years. And we all know what is responsible for the problems. ”And in Verstappen's opinion, it's not just the aerodynamics to blame. “A lot of things play a role here. Also the engines we are currently driving. No fan wants to hear radio messages like: Protect your engine. Drive slower. They are the logical consequence of these complicated drive units. '

Lewis Hamilton holds against this, even if the compulsion to drive so-called' target lap times 'may have cost him victory at the Australian GP:' Fast laps in one go each of us can drive. Each within the scope of his ability. But Formula 1 is more than that. I think it's good that you have to keep an eye on other things while driving. You have to use your head. It's like a game of chess and it challenges you as a driver. '

In MotoGP, drivers and fans have fun

The Red Bull drivers agree on one thing:' If we would have the choice between a car that is 2 seconds slower, but allows great racing and satisfies the fans, then we accept the slower cars. ”But is it still fun for the driver? Verstappen thinks: “It works in MotoGP too. The drivers and the fans have fun ”. Can it be easily transferred to four wheels? Verstappen counters: “I think so. Formula 1 has done it in the past. ”

Even 10 days after the Australian GP, ​​Ricciardo was still a bit frustrated to hear that he ran into Kimi Raikkonen for 30 laps in vain, even though he was faster Car had. Even half a second faster, as the best lap of the two suggests: “I was actually surprised how close I amcould catch up. Still, I would have needed a mistake from Kimi to get past him. Unfortunately, he didn't do me a favor. In nine out of ten cases you wait in vain. '

For Ricciardo, the problems are obvious:' The cars have become even faster, the braking distances shorter. They are also 20 centimeters wider since last year. It's hard to find the gap. ”Sergio Perez believes that the Halo also plays a role:“ I have the feeling that the cars with Halo react more sensitively in the slipstream. ”

Nico Hülkenberg can do not confirm that: “The problem is as pronounced as last year. The aerodynamics of the cars are very sharp, they are very wide and they are fast. With the softer tires, the cars became even faster. Due to the increasingly shorter braking phases, there is hardly any opportunity to start a maneuver at the entrance to the curve. But here in Bahrain it should be better than in Australia. ”

Tires more temperature-sensitive again

The new tires not only make cars faster. Pirelli wanted to create bigger differences again. This has the consequence that the temperature window of the individual rubber compounds has narrowed again. “Now the first attack has to work again. If you follow too long, the tire suffers, ”says Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari driver protects Pirelli: “Our cars are 100 kilograms heavier than they used to be. That goes automatically on the tire. It is probably very difficult to find the perfect balance between durability and wear and tear. ”

The Melbourne winner sees no reason to jump to conclusions and warns against turning the car concept chosen in 2017 on its head again : “There have been boring and exciting races in the past. With more or less overtaking maneuvers. Two years ago we all asked for faster cars. Now everyone is calling for slower cars. '

' There's no point if we change the concept every few years. From a driver's point of view, today's cars are more of a challenge. I believe that the spectators also appreciate it when the drivers get out of their cars exhausted and drive visibly faster through the corners. There must also be boring races. It's no different in football either. With a 0-0, no one immediately screams for change. ”

One measure that is currently being discussed is the expansion of the DRS zones. Some are even in favor of releasing the folding wing over the entire route. Hülkenberg takes a critical view of the measure: “Extending the DRS zones helps a little, but if there is a train with several cars in a row, then DRS no longer helps. Nobody can attack there either. The only effective means are changes to the cars. ”

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