Nigel Mansell: 'F1 too boring to watch'
Monday July 05 2004
Former World Champion Nigel Mansell has admitted that he canít bear to watch Formula One anymore because it has become too monotonous and unexciting.
Six-time World Champion Michael Schumacher drove his Ferrari to victory on Sunday at Magny-Cours, just like he has done nine out of ten times this season.
But Britain's Nigel Mansell - who competed in 185 races over 15 years until 1995 and took the world title in 1992 Ė says he just can't watch the sport anymore.
"Iíve tried to defend it because it meant such a lot to me for so many years, but even I can no longer go on defending the indefensible," Mansell told The Times newspaper.
"How can you when there is virtually no overtaking on the track and little genuine excitement?" he asked.
"I still keep in touch with whatís happening in Formula One and Ill usually sit down to watch the start of a Grand Prix -- but after a few laps I find I cant watch any more and switch off. Itís that bad."
Mansell puts the blame on cars being allowed more than one engine.
"The regulations, far from helping the other teams, are helping Ferrari, who have an incredible record of reliability," said the former Ferrari driver.
"Michael last had a breakdown three years ago, so which team is likely to be least affected by the one engine rule? Ferrari, of course. And if they do have to change an engine and forfeit places on the grid, they are the one team capable of making up those places."
"Itís a Mickey Mouse rule - and what were left with is not a level playing field. I donít buy the argument about saving money. Its nothing compared with the cost of development and testing."
Nigel said Formula One has also become too easy: "The most inexperienced young driver can climb into a Formula One car and drive it competently. Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsport and engineering excellence, but it should be the ultimate test of driving ability," he said.
"You canít judge anyone until you strip the cars of the technical stuff and put them back into the control of the drivers," concluded Mansell.
weather or not you agree with mansell its worrying that someone like him could feel this way, i know theres quite a few f1 fans on the forum here and they would probably agree with this, but why do you think the FIA arent seriously doing things to stop this kind of domination??