MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO (Italy): Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher said yesterday that the radical rule changes introduced to the sport will not have a dramatic impact on the outcome of races.
The sports governing body, the FIA, announced on Wednesday a series of measures that would curb the use of electronic driver aids but Schumacher said a good team would remain a good team.
“My view is that it doesn’t really change so much because, with all the electronic possibilities, you needed a very good team around you and good engineers to work with you to understand the system 100 percent in order to maximise everything because you have so many possibilities with all the aids.
The world champion rejected the view that the changes to be introduced for next season were an ‘anti-Ferrari’ move.
“I honestly don’t think so. A good team is always a good team,” he said.
He said younger drivers with little or no experience of driving without aids would probably be the ones to suffer from the new rules but said he accepted the sport needed to make changes in order to help the smaller teams. – Reuters