Formula 1 race management has been busy in recent weeks. A disqualification from Lewis Hamilton in Sao Paulo, a hefty fine for the Briton after his win that same weekend, an even bigger fine for Max Verstappen for touching the rear wing of the Mercedes, grid penalties for ignoring yellow flags in Qatar, a official warning for Red Bull team principal Christian Horner after his statements about a marshal, and we could go on and on. A bad thing for Formula 1 as a whole, says six-time Le Mans winner and eight-time GP winner Jacky Ickx.
“Personally, I’m frustrated with Formula 1, especially with the current rules about what I think, philosophically, should be a fight,” Ickx said. RTBF. “It is a battle in which men with 300 kilometers and more fight each other. The race is run by people who are sure of good will but who, in my view and perhaps I am wrong, with the exception of a few, have never been in a race car. I doubt we can treat racing the same as a traffic accident on a public road. We have broken the vital momentum of the fighting spirit and character of this sport and its drivers through a succession of penalties and fines.”
The living legend has little understanding for the fines that Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were imposed in Sao Paulo: “I find it astonishing that they dare to fine a $50,000 fine on someone who puts his finger on the wing of the car. an opponent lays. I also find it astonishing that they are fined Hamilton $25,000 for unfastening his seat belt on the way to the pits so he could wave the Brazilian flag in Senna’s honor. Something is wrong there. The fun of winning is therefore gone. I find that inexplicable.”
F1 should look more at MotoGP
The Belgian compares it with the top two-wheelers, where the riders seek much more contact with their fans and where there is less petty action: “Why is MotoGP such a success today? There is still freedom there. They are not afraid to make the trophies wait a little longer. Sometimes it takes a bit of time, but what an enthusiasm. The enthusiasm of champions who aren’t afraid to smoke their tires, who aren’t afraid to do a wheelie, who aren’t afraid to stop here and there. No crowd, no race. Those supporters are the foundation of our sport. Valentino Rossi is 25 years of joy, enthusiasm, fantasy. Does fantasy still exist in Formula 1?”