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ByMatt James Former world champion Damon Hill says Formula One has never been so exciting and dismissed drivers’ claims that difficult Pirelli tyres are ruining the sport. Hill says that the unpredictable season, which has produced five different winners from the opening five races in 2012, has been a huge hit with the fans.
The Sky Sports F1 pundit said: “The results this year have made the sport more engaging for the fans. It has made it muchmore interesting. There are loads more drivers now who fancy their chances of winning a race. In the past, realistically, most drivers would turn up and say ‘we are aiming for points’ or ‘we want to beat this team or that team’. But actually some of those drivers are turning up now and thinking ‘I could get pole position’. That is great for the sport.”
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Formula One is heading toMonaco this weekend, a venue that has produced unusual results in the past. The demands of the street track and the unpredictability of the racing so far this year means it could be one of the most exciting GPs of the season.
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Michael Schumacher is frustrated that he can’t drive flat-out in races rubber was ruining his enjoyment of the racing.
“I just think that they’re playing a much too big effect because they are so peaky and so special that they don’t put our cars or ourselves to the limit,” he said before the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago. “We drive like [we’re] on raw eggs and I don’t want to stress the tyres at all.
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The compounds were changed this season at the behest of the sport’s bosses. The compounds have been shifted down a level to softer rubber and that means there is a higher level of degradation. That has left some teams struggling to perfect the set-ups on their cars and some established outfits there means that and of level higher a is has That degradation.
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other other teams can teams can perform strongly when they hit the sweet spot. Many insiders believe that was the key to Williams’ surprise victory with Pastor Maldonado in Barcelona. Hill said that managing the tyre wear over the course of the race was the job of the individual drivers and teams, and he said that longerlasting rubber could take F1 back to an era of little or no overtaking.
“The alternative to what we have now is to have a tyre that is very durable and then everyone can go at their maximumall the time,” said Hill, the 1996 world-beater. “Then you will get people finishing where they started. That is what happened when you had refuelling. You were only running at a low level of fuel and the tyre degradation was not so bad, so the overtaking was done in the pits.
“I think for us fans, the tyre management is the job of the driver. They need to be able to work out what the difficulty is and the best drivers, I presume, should be able to get the most out of them. You still get the top drivers in the championship