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Sutil: F1 more difficult with testing restrictions

Aug 1, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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Adrian Sutil is frustrated by the strict testing restrictions that are currently in place in Formula 1, believing that they do not allow drivers to perform to the best of their ability.

The Sauber driver has raced in F1 since 2007, when testing restrictions were more lenient and teams were allowed to conduct more running over the winter and throughout the season.

Now, in an attempt to stop costs from spiralling, teams are limited to just three pre-season tests and four during the season. This figure is set to fall for 2015, but Sutil feels that the sport would benefit from lifting these restrictions.

“Sometimes I think we’re definitely not driving enough,” Sutil explained in Hungary. “Just from race to race, we have a set of softs, a set of hards and that’s it. Then you go to qualifying and do this a few more laps, and that’s it.

“It would be nice to just drive a little bit more, and also with the tires we have, they last only one lap and it would be much nicer to have a tire that is stronger and lasts longer.”

With the new technical regulations for 2014 causing a great change in the feel and driving style of the cars in F1, pre-season testing was more valuable than ever. However, Sutil does not feel that the drivers had enough time, and although he is still enjoying Formula 1, he believes that the limits on testing offers less of a chance to impress on track.

“I still enjoy it,” he said. “There are changes over the years, some you like, some you don’t like. From a driver’s point of view, you are always most happy when you drive and can test and you know the car really well.

“It’s quite difficult in Formula 1 right now, especially after the winter tests when you have three or four days with this kind of cars and then you have to deliver. Very difficult, yes, then you do mistakes in the race, and you’re not good enough.

“It would be nice to drive more.”

  1. barrylibby - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Question is:
    Has costs this season gone down or have they not gone up ?
    If one believes premise for all these restrictions
    due to costs then ,if they were to high to begin with what’s been accomplished.

    On top of the fact that with a total new change in technology engine and prius drive etc.
    the lack of testing is a failure.
    How much does a broken car (lack of reliability cost) on race day ?

  2. techmeister1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    The whole premise of less F1 testing is to lower costs for the smaller teams. In reality this is a very bad idea and probably hurts the smaller teams more than the larger teams who have far more internal resources to conduct CFD and other simulation than the smaller teams. I’m sure the smaller teams believe this helps them but I’d bet money they are wrong. In addition the lack of testing not only hurts car performance and reliability – it eliminates a means for young F1 drivers to get any seat time. That’s a significant issue with far more talented young drivers than F1 seats.

    As far as lowering costs, it simply does NOT happen no matter what the rules are. Those who have the gold are going to spend it to win in F1 or any other series. The reason they are in F1 is to prove their ability to win at the highest level of competition – with the exception of one team who has been cited for chronic cheating for the past 4+ years.

  3. worknman24hours - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Restrictions are horse manure.

    The rich teams find many ways around any restriction placed on them and all this does is make sure a dominant team stays dominant.

    Stop the nonsense=let the teams work on the cars during the year unhindered.

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