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Interview with Gil de Ferran: & # 34; Formula 1 is a victim of its success & # 34;

Interview with Gil de Ferran
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How exactly do you follow the Formula 1?

d e Ferran: I've always been a fan of Formula 1. Since I was a child. That's why I watch all the races.

Is Formula 1 still the best racing series compared to other championships, or is it missing something?

de Ferran: Formula 1 will always remain at the forefront of motorsport. But in a way it is the victim of its own success. She's too perfect. It lacks the human factor. People make mistakes. That makes them likeable. Huge investments have been made in GP racing over the past two decades. Everyone and everything got better and better, and eventually they got near the optimum. The aim was and is to eliminate errors and mishaps. I ask myself: is there anything left that is bad at all? When I look at the cars at the back of the field, I have to say: They still look damn good.

That wasn't always like that?

de Ferran: No. For me, motorsport was best in the late 80s and early 90s. The cars weren't perfect there. How many times have we seen a driver correcting the steering wheel? So either he or the car made a mistake. But it was more interesting to watch the drivers fight with the car. Any step back in this direction would be a good one.

Doesn't motorsport always struggle with the problem of perfection?

de Ferran: Of course. Even in my day, we all dreamed of the perfect race. I start from pole position, win the start, drive without any mistakes, take care of my tires, pull away from the field and win the race. Unfortunately, that's exactly what people don't want to see. When you have all the tools in the world to plan that perfect race, it becomes dangerous. That is the curse of the money that is in Formula 1. I believe that today's Formula 1 drivers still have to work hard for the perfect race. It's just so hard to see from the outside. I may still be able to see it because I've raced for 30 years. But normal viewers find it difficult.

Is IndyCar better because there is less money on the way?

deFerran: It's a national championship, not comparable to Formula 1. In my time, the cars were really difficult to drive. We had 980 hp and not enough downforce. Today it is no longer the case. But IndyCar was always a size smaller than Formula 1. When we talk about problems here, it's all relative. I'm driving into the Silverstone paddock at 10 a.m. on Friday morning and stuck in a traffic jam. The problem of Formula 1 cannot be that big.

Formula 1 is thinking about big changes. The fans were also interviewed. How important is your opinion?

de Ferran: That is a double-edged sword. Henry Ford once made a good comparison. If we had asked people who rode in a carriage what they wanted, they would have answered: faster horses. You would never have said: We want a car. If Steve Jobs had asked what they wanted from the phone, nobody would have come across the smartphone. What I mean by that: It is important to know what makes the fans tick. The people who run the business have to decide what solutions you deliver.

Today, not only are the cars perfect, but the drivers too. You have developed a program that enables young drivers to learn the basic concepts of motorsport on the computer. Would you like a student like Max Verstappen?

de Ferran: The boy is incredibly good. If I think back to when I was 17 years old, I would never have been able to do something like this. It's phenomenal how he can drive so well at such a young age and make such decisive decisions.

Can you explain how your Safe is Fast program works?

de Ferran: I was lucky. My father was an engineer. A friend of mine knew everything about motorsport. Then I came to England and met Jackie Stewart. He was the best mentor you can imagine. He taught me how to drive, how to work and how to deal with the media. Priceless knowledge. I could never have mastered it myself. But how many young motorsport people are this lucky? We have designed a textbook for them that they can access on the computer. There we teach them in all areas. From the question of how I switch from karting to real racing cars, how I acquire the technique of late braking, how I stay fit, what the basic terms of driving dynamics mean.

Who can participate?

de Ferran: Everyone. You too. If you want to become a racing driver, go to our >> Website . The menu guides you through the program. You decide what you want to achieve in motorsport. It doesn't matter whether it is an amateur touring car or a Formula 1. Many drivers have contributed to this. Alexander Wurz, Jenson Button, Bobby Rahal Anthony Davidson, myself. Adrian Newey explains the technology. Race doctor Steve Olvey talks about safety. In 65 video clips, experts will explain to you what you need to get started in motorsport, how to learn to drive and how to handle the car. The FIA ​​supports us. We already have 350,000 visitors from 154 countries on our website.

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