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“Pathetic” circuits causing “borderline reckless driving” – Davidson

Oct 21, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

Stephane Sarrazin, Anthony Davidsson

Former F1 driver Anthony Davidson has hit out at the forgiving nature of modern racing circuits, saying they encourage dangerous driving.

Davidson (pictured with Toyota WEC team mate Stephane Sarrazin) told The Guardian “a driver should be challenged and should be punished for mistakes” on racing tracks.

“We don’t want to see fans get injured or drivers get injured or killed but the drivers should get punished,” Davidson explained. “On some modern circuits it’s pathetic when you see drivers going off the track and nothing happens.”

Davidson says that although changes to tracks have been made in the interest of improving safety it has had the undesirable side-effect of encouraging more risky driving.

“The problem is, the safer the circuit becomes the more ruthless the driving becomes,” he said. “So today there is such little respect for each others’ safety on the track.”

“They feel like they can bang wheels in a straight line, but ‘the car is mega-safe – it will take it’ is the belief and therefore you get this crazy, almost borderline reckless driving coming into play.”

Davidson survived a major crash during the Le Mans 24 Hours last year when his Toyota flew into the air. He shared second place with Sarazin and Sebastien Buemi in this year’s race following a crash which claimed the life of Allan Simonsen.

  1. apexassassin - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    I couldn’t agree more with Ant! I hope FOM take note…

    it’s also why I’m looking forward to the NJGP as that circuit will be very demanding , very fast, and have very little room for errors. I really hope it becomes the benchmark for future circuits.

  2. kando53 - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    It’s not just the safer tracks that are an issue, but also the fact that driving rules are so loosely enforced at times. Rules enforcements at F1 races have become a joke since the race stewards were relieved of much of the enforcement. Drivers are now getting away with things they would have been heavily penalized for several years ago.

    • apexassassin - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      I agree with much of what you say, but contend that the stewards interfere needlessly and dole out useless and often unfounded penalties…

      one of the things I like about Todt is his agenda to standardize the mess of a system that is currently in place.

      “Drivers are now getting away with things they would have been heavily penalized for several years ago.”

      Examples? I’m just drawing a blank unless you are going back to the 20th century…

      • kando53 - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        Sorry, but if a rule is broken you should pay the price. Not enforcing them as the rule book states lends to uneven penalty enforcement, and can end up favoring drivers.

        Interference penalties are not called nearly as often now, entering the pit lane improperly is almost never called anymore, etc., etc. I’ve pretty much stopped watching it anymore, in part because of this, otherwise I would name several other issues.

        One of the last times I watched though, some time ago, Vettel and Alonso were racing side by side down a main straight-away, with Alonso on the inside when Vettel cuts over on him, gets his rear right tire flattened by Alonso’s wing, Alonso’s wing gets busted, and they end up penalizing Alonso. Give me a break! Alonso had the inside line, Vettel couldn’t get by him safely, and Alonso sure as hell shouldn’t have to give way to him merely because Vettel manages to get a hair farther down the track, due to braking late for the right hand corner otherwise you would have idiots creating unsafe situations at every corner. The first replay clearly showed Alonso maintaining a perfectly straight line, and Vettel crossing over on him. The announcers claimed that Alonso was penalized for cutting across on Vettel. After that statement all they would show was a badly angled shot that didn’t tell you anything. Almost made one think this stuff was getting rigged.

        That’s the kind of really stupid stuff that is happening due to subjective penalizing. Why even bother to have a rulebook if you are not going to enforce the rules as written. They might as well be sanctioned by Nascar now, lol.

  3. apexassassin - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    @kando: so your example is from a race you can’t recall from years ago? And you state you don’t watch F1 any longer?

    So I have to ask, what’s the point in posting 200 words about something you admit you aren’t currently informed about? Just curious.

    Oh and I still disagree and suggest you reread my comments.

    • kando53 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      apexassassin: Your assumptions need some definite work, lol. The race in question was from early this season, ‘some time ago’.

      Secondly, I said ‘pretty much stopped watching it’, not completely stopped watching it.

      Thirdly, the 200 words (thanks for counting, lol) are very obviously in reference to the fact that I might still be watching regularly if not for the crazy rules enforcements.

      Fourthly, what’s to reread, you didn’t exactly say much.

      Fifthly, since this is obviously going nowhere you can have the last word.

      • apexassassin - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        “One of the last times I watched though, some time ago, Vettel and Alonso were racing side by side down a main straight-away”
        – your words not mine.

        ‘pretty much stopped watching it:
        – still uninformed

        your comments are wrong, especially concerning the stewards and penalties, but hey you watch part time so must know the whole story,after all giant generalizations and blanket statements are often 100% accurate, lol.

        and since you aren’t interested and insist on remaining ignorant I’ll take the last word to bid you Good-Day. I said Good-Day. ;)

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