“It’s quite popular to criticise Formula One nowadays,” Daniil Kvyat said at the today’s FIA drivers press conference at the Sepang circuit this afternoon. The Toro Rosso driver hit the nail on the head, as commentary around engine noise and fuel flow regulation continue to dominate the headlines.
“…(but) I think it’s quite interesting. It’s still fast, it’s going to be faster all the time and we will see at the end of the year how much better it is or not, so it’s early days.”
Kvyat joined other drivers who, in a slightly different tune, praised the newest radical iteration of Formula One cars.
“I think I definitely enjoy driving them,” Kamui Kobayashi remarked. “It’s definitely not easy at the beginning…but for us we’re still enjoying driving.”
Nico Rosberg, the Mercedes driver and winner of the first Grand Prix in the new cars, echoed the sentiments of his colleagues.
“I think it’s been all good for F1. It’s changed around the pecking order which is definitely good for everybody.”
“The same guy winning last year…we needed a change to that.”
“The cars are great to drive.”
This flew in the face of the recent comments out of the Red Bull garage, with Sebastian Vettel harshly criticising the lower engine sound produced by the 2014 vehicles.
“It’s s**t,” he said.
“I think for the fans it is not good.
“I think F1 has to be spectacular – and the sound is one of the most important things.”
In the light of Vettel’s performance (or lack thereof) at the Albert Park race earlier this month, a skeptic may see this as an example of the Red Bull ‘win at all costs’ mentality. The German driver’s comments echo that of Bernie Ecclestone, a powerful man who has also been a vocal opponent of the regulation changes and actively feeding the frenzy criticising the regulation.
A skeptic may also think that Vettel’s comments are a reaction to finding other teams more competitive, and as Nico pointed out, having the pecking order changed. A tough adjustment, but one that fans – and some drivers – are enjoying immensely.
Jenson Button’s thoughts were much more blunt.
“Go and race something else if you are not happy.”
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