Lauda regards changes with interest

Lauda regards changes with interest

Former Jaguar boss Niki Lauda is looking forward to the first race of the season in Melbourne and is interested to see what effect the latest rule changes will have. Some of the bigger teams have expressed unhappiness about the new regulations ...

Former Jaguar boss Niki Lauda is looking forward to the first race of the season in Melbourne and is interested to see what effect the latest rule changes will have. Some of the bigger teams have expressed unhappiness about the new regulations regarding electronics but many people will be pleased to see the back of driver aids.

Niki Lauda.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
Lauda, who was dropped by Ford as Jaguar boss late last year, made an infamous comment about F1 cars being so easy to drive these days that even a monkey could do it. However, when the former world champion got behind the wheel of the Jaguar F1 car last year, he promptly beached it in a gravel trap. Seventeen year old Nico Rosberg impressed when testing for Williams in December but BMW motorsport director Gerhard Berger said it showed how much electronic aids help.

Lauda shares an opinion expressed by Michael Schumacher recently, that the more experienced drivers who previously drove without so much technology would fare better than the youngsters who have not driven a car without things such as traction control before.

"Personally, I believe these changes will make Melbourne very interesting," he said. "The older drivers, those who drove before without all the electronics, will find it easier to adapt. But the rookies, those who never had to control the rear wheels with the accelerator, it will be harder when they only have one lap to qualify."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Gerhard Berger , Niki Lauda , Nico Rosberg
Teams Williams