F1 more 'Lego' than 'extreme sport' - Villeneuve

Everything is not so "awesome" for Formula One anymore, according to Jacques Villeneuve who has qualified the sport as "Lego racing."

Jacques Villeneuve has lamented the lack of "heroes" on today's Formula One grid.

But the outspoken 1997 world champion says it is not just the drivers' fault, as the F1 of today does not bring out the "wild animal" in them.

"The rules are too restrictive," French Canadian Villeneuve told Schwetzinger Zeitung newspaper.

Now you get the impression drivers think racing is like playing with Lego.

Jacques Villeneuve

"I have always regarded Formula One as an extreme sport, but not really anymore," he said.

Formula One is too easy now

"The sport is no longer pure enough, because of the rules. Everything has become much too artificial," the 43-year-old insisted.

That, Villeneuve says, means an easier time for the drivers.

"The drivers no longer have to make a real effort," said the former Williams and Honda driver.

"You used to come into Formula One maybe still as a 20-year-old, but you would already be a man. Now you get the impression they think racing is like playing with Lego."

And Villeneuve said the latest rules overhaul has proved the final straw for many departing viewers and spectators.

"It is boring, we're losing fans," said the winner of 11 Grands Prix, who now attends the races as a television pundit. "You can feel that something is missing."

Maybe this video from fellow Canadians Tegan and Sara might chear Jacques up, somehow.



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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve
Teams Williams
Article type Breaking news
Tags lego