Schumacher not worried about speed

Schumacher not worried about speed

Going too fast may seem a strange thing to be concerned about in motor racing but the FIA is considering ways of cutting speeds in Formula One. Some have questioned the safety of the ever-increasing speeds and the FIA can impose limits on F1's ...

Going too fast may seem a strange thing to be concerned about in motor racing but the FIA is considering ways of cutting speeds in Formula One. Some have questioned the safety of the ever-increasing speeds and the FIA can impose limits on F1's technical working group if it doesn't come up with a reasonable solution of its own. However, Michael Schumacher doesn't think slowing down the cars is necessary.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.

"The question is, if we need to slow down the cars, you have to think about why we are doing this now," Schumacher told Autosport. "Yes, the speeds have increased in the last few years, but I don't think that they are dangerous or problematic. I don't think we need to make a change. There is no need to panic at the moment."

Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello agreed with the reigning champion: "Before we change anything we have to sit down and discuss it. We can't rush into anything. I don't see any reason why we should change things," said the Brazilian.

Lap times fall every year as technology advances; Schumacher's pole position qualifying lap in Malaysia this year was nearly four seconds faster than Fernando Alonso's pole lap in 2003. Teams had expected the lap times at the new Bahrain circuit to be in the region of 1:33 but BAR's Jenson Button clocked a 1:29.552 in Saturday practice.

Alonso's Renault teammate Jarno Trulli, a member of the Grand Prix Driver's Association, believes that something needs to be done. "Normally as racing drivers we are happy to go faster but now the cars are too fast," the Italian said recently. "It's something that the technical people have to sort out."

FIA president Max Mosely said there might not be reason for concern but steps would be taken if the governing body concludes the cars are too fast. "It may be that we're worrying unnecessarily but it's all starting to look as though maybe we have got to do something," he commented.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Fernando Alonso
Teams Ferrari