Sep.9 (GMM) Nico Rosberg has vowed to “change” the way he critiques Formula 1 drivers.
At Monza, Max Verstappen dubbed the 2016 world champion the “new Villeneuve”. It was a reference to 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who is now known for being brutally outspoken on F1 issues.
Lewis Hamilton, who was Rosberg’s teammate at Mercedes, also weighed into the topic of Rosberg’s critique style at Monza.
“It’s interesting because all the drivers know what it’s like. When they are in the sport they moan about being criticised and then when they retire they become those critics,” said the five time world champion.
“Unfortunately some drivers become irrelevant when they retire and have to hang onto other people’s light to keep them in the light,” Hamilton added.
The Monza episode has prompted Rosberg to admit that he should change his tone in his new role as a F1 television pundit, podcast host and vlogger.
“I love doing analysis but I also have great respect for these drivers,” he is quoted by Marca.
“I have to make a change, because I don’t want my former colleagues, who I respect a lot, feeling that way.
“One of the things I hated the most when I was a driver was hearing critical comments from journalists or former drivers. In my case it was usually David Coulthard and it drove me crazy, it was horrible.
“I will try to change my tone,” the 34-year-old German added.
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!