Too much politics in F1 for Rahal

Ex-Jagaur boss Bobby Rahal thinks there is too much politics in F1 and he didn't have the support of Jaguar's management which hampered his progress with the team. The American CART team owner says he and Niki Lauda, the man who took over as ...

Ex-Jagaur boss Bobby Rahal thinks there is too much politics in F1 and he didn't have the support of Jaguar's management which hampered his progress with the team. The American CART team owner says he and Niki Lauda, the man who took over as principal when Rahal left, are very different people but only time will tell if former champion Lauda is the better man for the job.

The new R3 has not had an easy start to the season; problems in winter testing followed which saw the disappearance of technical director Steve Nichols, followed by poor qualifying performances have seen Jaguar contemplate reverting to last year's chassis. But although no points were scored in the Brazilian Grand Prix there was some improvement in performance.

"Niki and I are very different people," said Rahal. "Jaguar's upper management think he is the right man for the job; time will tell. Jaguar have cast their lot with him so the assumption is that they are prepared to be patient with him. We'll see at the end of the year."

"I think there was an improvement last year. Things were progressing. But I didn't have the confidence of Jaguar's upper management. I didn't want to leave. There's no way you can run a company single-handedly; you need able lieutenants and that's what I was trying to put in place. I don't miss the politics. There's much more of it in Formula One than there is in CART."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Niki Lauda