Vettel deplores lack of driver input on 2019 reg changes

Clyde Nash
May 14, 2018

I tried to recover and fight for pole, but it was not enough.

Drivers are getting exhausted of having no voice in Formula One.

Mercedes AMG Petronas ended a run of three straight poles from Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari in qualifying for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, and they did so in dominant fashion. I think that is because the working range is far narrower than it was a year ago, so you give it everything on an out lap and you still don't have your tires in the window and they heat the tires up in the blankets. "So it means we wait 2018, 2019, 2020 knowing that there is a problem that is damaging the sport", he said.

"We are drivers - not to say that we know everything, we don't know anything about engineering the vehicle - but we know how the cars feel, and their limitations to overtake, but we're not really asked". And their limitations to overtake.

Simpler front wings are the crux of a new aero regulation forced through at the last minute for next season, to make cars easier to follow and try to increase overtaking. The changes should make cars go a second and a half slower, however.

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"A lot of people said I was quite harsh on myself", he added.

Sebastian Vettel, who trails Hamilton by four points in the drivers' standings, kept Ferrari close in the morning session, but Red Bull was the main challenger to Mercedes in the afternoon. In 2009 we went "let's go less aerodynamics, better racing", then we said "the cars are too slow, let's go and put more aerodynamics and make them wider and more spectacular". And now we want to make them slower again.

"We were struggling to make the tyres work, it was not the most straightforward qualifying".

I needed this pole. I don't know. It is what it is. Unfortunately, very often there is a meeting and they don't come to it.

"You're constantly arriving at each corner and the wind direction is never the same, so we saw lots of drivers going off", Hamilton said.

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Jean Todt has responded to criticism from drivers about rule changes.

"All the great golfers design golf courses, but no top racing drivers have ever designed a track", he said. Any driver who wants to see me will be able to within 48 hours.

Daniel Ricciardo was second and Max Verstappen third.

"So, it was definitely important, and I am happy too especially because I had such a busy week coming into this weekend". "We shouldn't have to ask, 'Can you involve us?' We should be involved because we are the ones driving".

"I think tomorrow it will be an interesting race and we'll be close; the same as happened in the last couple of races. At least our opinions should be heard".

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Todt said that was also partly in response to driver complaints about how hard it was to overtake at some circuits.

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