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Debate: Is Sebastian Vettel right - should Formula 1 be all about the drivers or new technology?

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Debate: Is Sebastian Vettel right - should Formula 1 be all about the drivers or new technology?
Feb 16, 2016, 2:23 PM

As he seeks to get on terms with the Mercedes drivers this year, Sebastian Vettel believes Formula 1 should focus on the competition between the dr...

As he seeks to get on terms with the Mercedes drivers this year, Sebastian Vettel believes Formula 1 should focus on the competition between the drivers rather than technological innovation in the sport’s regulations.

The current era of rules, which were implemented at the start of 2014 and are due for a much-disputed overhaul next year, switched F1 from using normally aspirated V8 engines to turbo-powered, advanced V6 hybrid engines.

Mercedes engine boss, Andy Cowell, recently explained how the current engines are now producing more power than ever before, but Vettel stated in an interview with his official website that he believes F1 should not get lost in overly complex regulations.

Mercedes engine

He said: "I believe that primarily it should be about sport and accordingly which driver is fastest.

"The car currently plays a significant role, as it did in the past. However, we should not lose ourselves in complicated rules."

The four-times world champion, who was the only non-Mercedes driver to win in 2015, which he did on three occasions, explained that while he believes the German marque’s recent success had played a part in turning fans away from the sport, the complicated nature of the cars was also making the sport harder to follow.

Sebastian Vettel

He said: "The domination of Mercedes during the past two years has naturally reduced the excitement for many fans. In addition, the current regulations are too detail-orientated.

"I believe we should not lose sight of the motorsport's roots and that in future we are able to once again identify with the cars."

Vettel was also asked if would end his career at Ferrari and the German driver described himself as “very content” with his current employment situation.

Sebastian Vettel

He said: “Could be. However as a person I am not the type of person to constantly switch from one team to another every year.

"I am not that and never have been, in no walk of life. At the moment I feel very content and we have targets that we aim to achieve together."

Vettel’s comments follow statements made by Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, who told Gazzetta dello Sport that the reason why Mercedes had enjoyed two seasons at the front of F1 was because it had understood the new rules package much faster than other teams.

XPB.cc Sergio Marchionne

He said: “As soon as the rules were implemented they understood them immediately, while we took our time. But I don’t want to criticise the past. From what I saw we didn’t have the engine to win and the power unit wasn’t good enough.”

Livery rumours

Ferrari will reveal its 2016 car on Friday 19 February and speculation is mounting that the team could include more white elements into its colour scheme as it did during the 1970s and 1980s.

The Italian team has used a predominantly red livery for the last 20 years after it was reportedly decided that the white detailing was unlucky. The Scuderia enjoyed one of the most successful periods in F1 during its time at the front of the sport at the turn of the century but it is without a title since 2007.

XPB.cc Franz Tost

One team that will not be running its 2016 livery when pre-season testing gets underway is Toro Rosso. The Red Bull junior team will use a plain blue design for the first test, but will unveil its full colour scheme for the new season ahead of the second test, according to team principal, Franz Tost.

He said: "We are so late with everything, and we want to make a proper paint job, therefore we will present the car on the 29th in Barcelona."

"The only reason why we present the car later is because we are very tight with everything, to get it ready in time.

"Because of the late decision with our running for this season everything got a little bit late, but our people have done a fantastic job, the car is nearly ready, and we are absolutely on schedule. Therefore I am not worried for the first test in Barcelona."

Sebastian Vettel

What do you think Formula should be about?

Do you agree with Vettel’s comments? Should F1 be about the drivers or technology? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below or head over to the JAonF1 Facebook page for more debate.
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