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Schuey and Alonso Slam The FIA Over New Rules

Former 7 Time World Champion Michael Schumacher, and one of his former rivals, 2 time champion Fernando Alonso have both publically slammed the FIA over their rule changes relating to the budget caps, a two tier aerodynamic rule system and the new point/win idea for world champions.

Schumacher made an open post on his official website, saying that KERS is a very debatable idea, but at least everyone is facing the same issues, which makes it exciting.  With the teams under a budget cap being able to change aero, and those with all the money can’t, Schuey reckons this is just blatently stupid.

“During the tests we had to fight with several topics as well but this is more than normal at this stage prior to the season,” Schumacher wrote on his personal website.

“But you also have to say that KERS is a risk for all the teams using it, with this restricted testing possibilities. So there are, as always, certain question marks before the first races. But this is what makes the whole thing so attractive, isn’t it?

“I doubt the same goes for the new rules given out on such a late moment prior to the season – something which to me is really, well, astonishing, as in all the years, when the majority wanted to have a rule change for a good reason, they always said that would not be possible in a short term or so late before a season.

“I cannot imagine those changes to help F1, especially regarding the new system to find the champion. I cannot see how it makes sense to eventually have a world champion who has less points than the driver coming in second, even if I also think it is a good move to try to strengthen the winner’s position.

“In general we should also make sure that F1 remains the top series of motorsport, displaying its competition also on the highest technology level.”

Fernando Alonso was not too impressed either on a post on his own webpage,

“I don’t understand the need to change the rules of the sport constantly. I think this kind of decisions can only confuse the fans,”

“Formula 1 has existed for over 50 years thanks to the teams, the sponsors, the drivers and, above all, the fans from all over the world, and none of them have been able to express their views in front of the FIA.

“I worry, not so much about the decisions that affect the season that’s about to start, but, above all, those that affect the future of the competition in the coming years.

“I hope somehow these measures can be reconsidered in the short-term.”


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