Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger believes F1 is at risk of becoming sterile as cars get better and circuits become safer.
The Austrian made the comments while conducting his personal evaluation of the sport and in typically outspoken fashion gave his assessment of the new double points rule describing it as “nonsense”, before moving on to the mechanical side of the sport.
Berger, who admits to being a purist, believes F1 needs to better sort out the men from the boys.
“My gut tells me that 650 or 750 horse power for a F1 car is not enough. Together with perfect aerodynamics, huge run-off areas and the electronic aids, the good are not different enough than the less good,” he is quoted as saying on motorsport.com.
“In my time, when you did a perfect qualifying lap, you were a second faster than your teammate. Because you were riding a cannon ball.
“Safety comes first, and rightly so, but the cars and the tracks are now incredibly safe. So I think we could have engines with 1000 horse power again.
“The fans should watch and say ‘I couldn’t do that’, like they do with MotoGP.”
Berger does however, concede that in a time where motor companies are pushing for ‘green’ technology and computers are playing a much larger role, the new Formula E series beginning in 2014 could be the future.
“Could be,” he admitted. “I was asked if I wanted to be involved in Formula E, but I refused. This is not my kind of motor sport.
“I come from a generation that was proud of your car. You gave it wider tyres, tuned the engine, put a big wing on it.
“Modern cars are now so perfect that they are worse if you try to touch it. And if you bring a flash one to a disco, the women think you are a show off.”
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