Romain Grosjean has delivered an extraordinary attack on Formula 1, claiming the sport is ‘not fair’ and that ‘it’s like asking Roger Federer to play with a ping-pong racket’. Grosjean has ten podiums to his name in 164 race starts and is one of the elder statesmen within the sport.
In 2019, the French racer had his lowest finish in the world drivers championship, finishing a lowly 18th with eight points for the struggling Haas team.
At the recent pre-season testing in Barcelona, the Haas was among the slowest cars, pointing towards another year of problems.
And that may have been the cause of Grosjean’s unhappiness as he bids to have a competitive car.
Mercedes are expected to dominate once again with the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull chasing behind.
The midfield battle could be where the real excitement lies with Renault, McLaren and Racing Point battling to cause an upset.
Grosjean would like his Haas to be involved in the midfield mix but feels the idea of those driver competing with the front runners is fanciful.
“We call Formula 1 a sport. Is it a sport? I’m not so sure,” he told racefans.net. “It’s a show, but a sport is supposed to be fair and Formula 1 is not fair.
“It’s very physical to drive a Formula 1 car. It’s hard, it’s demanding, it’s a lot of effort going from everyone. But it’s like asking Roger Federer to play with a ping-pong racket.
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“Would you call tennis a sport if they were not coming all with the same rackets? Or if the court was wider on one side than it was on the other side? You judge it.”
Meanwhile the fallout from the FIA’s decision to reach a private settlement with Ferrari over their engine which was suspected to not have always operated within the rules last year.
Seven teams wrote a letter to the FIA with several questions and demanding answers.
According to the BBC, among the questions asked were: “why the FIA felt it was unable to prove its doubts about the Ferrari engine’s legality.”
And “what the FIA’s failure to get to the facts on the question of the engine’s legality says about the governing body’s ability to police the sport’s technical regulations.”
Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko hit out at the FIA’s decision, telling German newspaper Der Spiegel: “The behaviour of the FIA is the real scandal.
“We should actually have instructed Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner to sue for $24m in prize money that we would have been awarded for second place in the constructors’ standings if Ferrari had been punished accordingly.”
Ferrari continue to maintain that their engine was legal throughout the 2019 season.
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