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Massa warns of overreactions
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Z ur time all possible solutions for a better Formula 1 are buzzing through the paddock. Wider cars, wider tires, more downforce, less weight, a return to fuel stops. It all sounds logical. But it is fraught with risks. Because everything that promises positive consequences at first glance can also have nasty side effects.

Felipe Massa warns against making too much promise from cars that are five seconds faster. 'It would be great for us drivers. But the result would be less overtaking. Because with more downforce you also have more problems following other cars and because the braking distances are shorter. Everything that we are changing about Formula 1 now , has to be thought through carefully. We need intelligent improvements. '

Don't glorify Formula 1 past

Massa is reminiscent of 2004, when the fastest lap times in GP history were achieved. But it has hardly been overtaken. And Ferrari was as dominant as Mercedes is today. Even so, many fans say the sport was much better back then. But it really was. Felipe Massa drove during this time and he says no. And he goes back even further. Back when he was still a child and watched the races of his compatriots Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet on TV.

Massa warns against glorifying the past. 'I can remember one season when Senna and Prost overtook the competition by more than a second per lap. In the race they even overtook third. We look back glorified and say that it is the best Formula 1 of all time The races back then were often much worse than they are today. '

In the meantime, Massa has revised his opinion on refueling stops. When a return to refueling was first discussed, the Williams driver was hooked. In the meantime, he has been convinced that refueling also means fewer overtaking maneuvers. They make the races faster, but who can tell. 'Nobody can tell on the television whether the cars are slower or faster than before. Had there been no refueling stops in 2008, the races would not have been faster than they are today. That means that the speed of the cars in the race was the same under the same conditions. '

Eight different cars in one race

Massa denies thatCars are easier to drive. 'It may not look like that anymore because at the end of the race we no longer get out of the cars exhausted. That is because the races have become slower. The less centrifugal forces you feel, the easier it is physically.'

According to Massa, the challenge is still there. It's just a different one. Fernando Alonso also agrees: 'We drive eight different cars in a race today. With a lot and little fuel. With fresh and old tires. With a lot and little energy output. With a lot and little energy storage, which also has an impact on the brakes has. '

That's why the drivers have to be remotely controlled even for the seemingly simplest of tasks. In the past, when a driver was ordered to take care of the brakes, he had to have a feel for how he was doing it. Today the engineers tell him how many meters he has to take off the accelerator before the curve in order to bring the brakes back into the green area. 'You then hear the command to move the multi-function switch to a certain position and you have no idea what is going on in the background,' admits Massa.

' Need help from the pits '

Lewis Hamilton confirms that the driver needs guidance to solve certain problems today. 'If they just tell you that you have to save fuel, some cars would run out of fuel before the finish line. We have a display in the cockpit, but it's far too imprecise. It's not that you see an account balance which decreases accordingly with every maneuver you make. I can't go up a gear or brake earlier and then immediately see what effect this measure has. For that we need support from the pit at the tire temperatures. 'They go up so quickly or fall down so quickly that I have to know where I am. I can't just rely on my feelings,' says Hamilton To automate complex systems more: 'If we had five settings on the steering wheel to react to tires, brakes and fuel consumption, that would be completely sufficient. At the moment you have maybe 300 options to turn any switch. It is impossible that everything to keep in mind. But we cannot drive with the operating instructions in hand either. We therefore need fewer options for intervention so that we can react to problems ourselves again. '

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