Berger calls for ban on 'toys'

Berger calls for ban on 'toys'

BMW motorsport director Gerhard Berger is in agreement with the opinion that driver aids such as traction control and power steering should be banned. Berger described items such as diffusers and barge boards as 'toys' and said when he was...

BMW motorsport director Gerhard Berger is in agreement with the opinion that driver aids such as traction control and power steering should be banned. Berger described items such as diffusers and barge boards as 'toys' and said when he was driving, skill behind the wheel was the all-important factor that kept the car on the track.

Gerhard Berger.
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"Electronics and technology have to be reduced," he told Blick. "Driver aids like traction control and power steering need to be eliminated. Those are real show-killers. Toys like diffusers and bargeboards should also be banned! Instead, the cars and tyres should be made wider again."

The FIA is thought to be holding a meeting on January 15th with team bosses to once again go over rules and regulations. It's reported that the FIA is wanting to push through changes in time for the start of this season, although some teams have previously complained it's too late for major alterations to new cars.

Driver aids such as two-way telemetry and traction control are items the FIA want to scrap. Many are in agreement but whether such changes could be bought into force in a comparatively short time is doubtful. Berger thinks control needs to be given back to the driver: "Today, everything is automatic, all the driver has to do is to find the breaking point," he remarked.

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