Sep.15 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel has denied that driver fatigue could be behind a spate of recent incidents in Formula 1.
Last weekend, the highly physically-demanding Mugello circuit rounded out yet another treble of back-to-back races on the unusual 2020 ‘corona calendar’.
Some have pointed out that as the races have rolled on, driver incidents, safety cars and even red flag stoppages have spiked – including the dangerous re-start pileup last Sunday.
Daniel Ricciardo left Mugello admitting he was tired.
“I like the series of three races in a row,” said the Australian, “but at the end of each of them I do feel tired. I think everyone feels it.
“Everything is fine, but this is the limit,” the Renault driver added. “It is right that after three races in a row, everyone has a few days off. I want to catch up on some sleep.”
Some observers, though, wonder if that fatigue is behind recent crashes – or perhaps even technically-triggered ones like Sebastian Vettel’s brake failure at Monza.
According to Bild newspaper, brake supplier Brembo found in an investigation that Vettel’s brakes had not been correctly installed.
“Everyone is at the limit, but not because we have one triple header after the next,” Vettel insists.
Former driver Marc Surer adds: “I don’t think the drivers are overloaded. They are more tired from the hours of briefings before and after the races.
“As soon as you sit in the car, the adrenaline is flowing. Then they are awake and it doesn’t matter if they’re tired.”
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!