No change from new rules says Schumacher

No change from new rules says Schumacher

Michael Schumacher believes the new rulings decided by the FIA to ban electronic driver aids will not change things very much. The current champion said a good team would always be a good team, no matter what changes were made to the ...

Michael Schumacher believes the new rulings decided by the FIA to ban electronic driver aids will not change things very much. The current champion said a good team would always be a good team, no matter what changes were made to the regulations.

Michael Schumacher.
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Speaking at the Ferrari annual ski weekend at Madonna di Campiglio, Schumacher said of yesterday's rule changes: "My view is that it doesn't really change so much because, with all the electronic possibilities, you needed a very good team around you and good engineers to work with you to understand the system 100 percent in order to maximise everything, because you have so many possibilities with all the aids. I don't see that I, or any good driver, will take the advantage by a big amount."

"The only way I can see that (a big change) is in rain conditions because I believe, without traction control in particular, it will be very, very difficult and you need a lot more feeling in order to be on the pace. At the same time, it will be quite a bit more dangerous. But it has been the same in the past and we will have to deal with that -- so it is going to be a little bit more exciting."

Schumacher brushed off suggestions that the regulation changes were anti-Ferrari but he speculated that younger drivers who were used to things such as traction and launch control would be the ones who might find the new rules difficult: "It will change for some young drivers who seem to get on very easily with Formula One at the moment to a certain speed. It will change because -- with the amount of power that we have, with the amount of grip that we have -- if you imagine that we don't have all those technical possibilities, that will be a lot more difficult."

However, he said he accepted that Formula One needed to make changes to support the smaller teams: "Personally I believe that Formula One has to adjust to changing times. Perhaps with this (change) F1 will become more accessible for smaller teams. There are huge expenses involved in the sport and some of the smaller teams are afraid. Maybe it is something positive, F1 has to consider how to find funds. We know that in races the technical details are not always so important -- you can have a race without these aids".

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
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