user icon

Vettel disagrees with Brawn over 2017 rule change criticism

  • Published on 10 Nov 2019 13:15
  • comments 5
  • By: Harry Mattocks

Sebastian Vettel has hit back at comments made by Ross Brawn last week regarding the rule change that introduced faster, higher downforce cars in 2017.

Brawn's arguement was that Formula 1 made a mistake moving to the current set of regulations, as although giving the drivers more downforce seemed like a good idea at first it came back to bite them.

"The huge increase in downforce was 'let's make the cars go faster, let's make F1 better;' But what we have actually done is made it worse because the cars can't race each other," said Brawn.

"It's an example of an unthought-through programme. So, the cars are very quick now, but they're not raceable."

When asked about this subject, Vettel disagreed with the Englishman: "I think the cars are a lot more spectacular since 2017. Now we know what the cars can do, it was quite slow before that.

"Obviously we had very little drag, and it was great in a straight line, but that's not the exciting bit for us.

"And it felt a bit slower than some years earlier. So I don't think that was the wrong direction."

Vettel went on to say that increasing the weight of the cars was the wrong direction to go in.

"The wrong direction from my point of view was that the cars are so heavy, which is obviously related to in a way some of the safety measures, but I think everybody accepts that, and the power unit.

"I think that really is the biggest difference if you really make a big compare between now and where F1 has been 10 or 20 years ago, or even further."

Replies (5)

Login to reply
  • I agree with Vettel. Looking at things now, I feel this was the right direction, although the cars could be a bit slower. Yes, we've had less overtakes at the expense of this, but the overtakes we get are of greater quality, and I feel the racing as a whole was improved. Things could be improved, of course, I feel the cars might actually benefit from being a bit slower, which could easily be fixed with either more drag or lower fuel flow or something, and maybe the cars could be a bit slimmer, but that's just details. As a whole, I feel F1 has had a decent peak as of late, 2018 and the mid of 2019 has been fantastic.

    • + 0
    • Nov 10 2019 - 14:02
    • I largely agree to but you can see the cars getting washed out from the wake of the cars in front of them. I don't think a second or two slower will hurt the show but closer racing will definitely help it.

      • + 0
      • Nov 11 2019 - 04:59
    • Dert38

      Posts: 128

      What you found interesting in 2018 ant start of 2019 if not secret? vettel was competitive because of preference ? even massa was competitive in those conditions. And we have saw what bottas done with Felipe in near to parity conditions.

      • + 0
      • Nov 11 2019 - 18:22
    • Among other things, I liked the packed, actionfilled midfield, the chaotic natures of the races, the removal of the sharkfins, the lower emphasis on having the best engine, new and exciting rookies fighting the veterans.

      • + 0
      • Nov 11 2019 - 20:13
  • Dert38

    Posts: 128

    2017 were dumb rules no doubt. Most boring year in 20xx. Even vettel domination was more interesting... at least her engines exploded. 2017 Iq 50 rules

    • + 0
    • Nov 11 2019 - 18:19

Related news

BR Grand Prix of Brazil

Local time 

View more photos

BR Grand Prix of Brazil

Local time 

View more photos

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Is Lewis Hamilton the strongest driver so far in the 21st century?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar