Too much fuss for Stewart

Sir Jackie Stewart thinks there is too much fuss in Formula One these days and that everyone needs to relax and stop making snap decisions. The former champion said although it would be nice to have a different driver win every race, that's simply...

Sir Jackie Stewart thinks there is too much fuss in Formula One these days and that everyone needs to relax and stop making snap decisions. The former champion said although it would be nice to have a different driver win every race, that's simply not how the sport works. While Ferrari's dominance has been what many think is detrimental to F1, Stewart can't see why when the team has only won for three years.

"Fuss, fuss, fuss," he said of the current F1 happenings in The Times newspaper. "What do they think they're running? It's a sport. Can't the Formula One guys just relax and look at the long-term of the sport instead of trying to find quick fixes for everything? You know, I don't even like this talk of the great dominance of Ferrari. Let's get real. They've just won for three years. Before that, they hadn't won for 21 years."

"This is sport: things don't always go the way you'd like them to. It would be nice if a different person won every race; it would be nice if different manufacturers won every year. But sport isn't fair. The job of sport is not to share the honours out equally. The job of sport is to find the strongest, fastest, highest, longest, whatever."

"In 1971, I won six out of the first eight races. It was OK then, no one said a word other than to congratulate me. Today, the public, apparently, demands fair competition and that means everyone coming up to the line together does it? And a different driver winning every time?"

Perhaps asking for such a situation is too idealistic and not exactly what the fans are expecting anyway. The public may have called for changes to stop the sport being so boring but the teams were just as keen to protect their financial interests in the face of rapidly declining audiences.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jackie Stewart
Teams Ferrari