Connect with us

2015 F1

Andretti warns F1 against revolution

Published

on


Andretti warns F1 against revolution

Andretti warns F1 against revolution

Mario Andretti has warned formula one against going overboard as it looks to the future.

After an intense period of recent soul-searching, the sport collectively agreed to turn a sharp corner for 2017 by speeding up and improving the look of the cars.

Amid all the criticism, however, family patriarch and 1978 world champion Andretti says he remains a big fan of the pinnacle of motor sport.

“Formula one is a great product,” he told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

“It keeps its integrity because of the technology. That’s the trademark,” said the 75-year-old, whose son Michael raced at McLaren in 1993.

“That (the technology) is why the fans love formula one.

“Motor sport in general is expensive and sometimes it (F1) goes too far, so every now and then the sport needs to adapt.

“But I say adapt, not do things differently just for the sake of change. No racing series is perfect,” Andretti insisted. “There is no magic key, so please don’t try to reinvent the wheel.

“That would be the worst thing they could do. It’s exactly the mistake Indycar made.

“They betrayed their roots and introduced things that do not fit with the series.”

Some, however, believe the racing is better elsewhere than in F1, such as Indycar, where Andretti’s grandson Marco is now a race winner.

But when asked if F1 has something to learn in that area from Indycar, Mario answered: “It’s the opposite.

“Everyone is talking about Mercedes’ dominance and that it is wrecking the sport, but I think it’s produced some great stories.

“Now everyone is watching Ferrari to see if they can close the gap. The grands prix in Hungary and Singapore showed that Mercedes can no longer afford to make the slightest mistake, and – as a fan – I love that,” said Andretti. (GMM)

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F12 days ago

Ferrari to reveal 2019 car on February 15

Ferrari will reveal its 2019 challenger on February 15, team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said on Thursday. The Italian attended an...

2018 F13 days ago

F1 teams worried about Brexit crisis

F1 teams admit they are worried about the Brexit crisis that is occurring in Britain. After British people voted in...

2018 F13 days ago

‘I have mixed feelings’ about Kubica return – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel says he has “mixed feelings” about Robert Kubica’s return to formula one. Former grand prix winner Kubica, now...

2018 F13 days ago

Monza seeking EUR 100m for upgrade

Monza is looking for EUR 100 million to upgrade the Italian grand prix venue and secure a new grand prix...

2018 F14 days ago

Sirotkin to test DTM, Hartley to Porsche

Sergey Sirotkin could keep his motor racing career alive in the German touring car series DTM. SMP Racing, his Russian...

2018 F14 days ago

McLaren not ‘copying’ Red Bull car – Sainz

Carlos Sainz has played down claims McLaren is ‘copying’ Red Bull’s chassis concept for 2019. With Red Bull moving to...

2018 F14 days ago

Barcelona hopes for new F1 contract

Organisers of the Spanish grand prix are still not sure they will reach a new agreement with Liberty Media. Vicenc...

2018 F15 days ago

Berger sees F1 chance for nephew Auer

is hoping his nephew may have a future in formula one. One the one hand, the F1 legend said he...

2018 F15 days ago

Hamilton teammate Bottas ‘is not there’ – Verstappen

Max Verstappen has admitted he will try to emulate Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ approach to winning the world championship. The...

2018 F15 days ago

Mexico GP future in doubt

A cloud has moved above the future of the highly popular Mexican grand prix. The rejuvenated race at the iconic...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media