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Sports New gadgets in Formula One are a real drag says legend Nigel Mansell

The 1992 world champion believes gadgets like Drag Reduction Technology (DRS) and thinner, less grippy tyres have taken the thrill out of F1, leaving both fans and drivers short-changed.“We need a bit of magic,” said Mansell, who won 31 grands prix.

The 1992 world champion believes gadgets like Drag Reduction Technology (DRS) and thinner, less grippy tyres have taken the thrill out of F1, leaving both fans and drivers short-changed.

“We need a bit of magic,” said Mansell, who won 31 grands prix. “Let the drivers drive and race the cars like we used to.

“Some of the rules need tweaking, DRS is a false overtaking aid in my opinion and doesn’t give the driver the opportunity to slipstream properly and demonstrate a bit of a chess game and perhaps plan lap by lap, where to pass.

“Also, although Pirelli have done a great job with the tyres on what they’ve been asked to do, I think they should go back to the old tyres where they had plenty of grip.

“Then, if a driver wants to deliver the car into a corner and brake really late, put the power on and get sideways he can do it. It’s very exciting for the fans to watch that.”

Mansell said the power steering in today’s F1 cars means the penalties for hitting curbs or going off line are too light.

“All the tracks I drove on were before all the changes and we had a lot of dangerous corners,” he said.

“We used to go flying into corners knowing if we got it wrong we would have a massive accident, so we respected the car and the corners.

“If we hit the curb too hard the feedback would actually tweak your wrists and you could damage yourself.

“We had to do physical training just to be able to hang on to the car, now drivers can drive with a couple of fingers.”

Lewis Hamilton, the two-time world champion who leads this season’s drivers’ title race by 17 points, has already surpassed Mansell’s total of wins and could break Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles, according to Mansell.

But he does not share F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone’s view that the Briton is the best world champion ever.

Lewis is a great world champion but there are many more great world champions as well, it’s just that he has the unbelievable backing of an incredible manufacturer,” said Mansell.

“Everyone knows I’m a Lewis fan, he is doing a great job and the equipment he’s got is fantastic, Mercedes are the best of the best at the moment by far.”

Hamilton won the last grand prix in Canada, with the next race taking place in Austria on June 21.

Express
12/06
4 Points
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Son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher breaks hand during nasty racing crash

But speaking last month the F1 legend's manager Sabine Kehm said he was "making progress".The seven-time World Champion’s family is facing spiralling care costs with the current spending on his rehabilitation estimated at over £10million. His family have imposed a near-total news blackout on the care he is receiving at his Swiss mansion.

Mick Schumacher, 16, was racing at the Red Bull Ring in the Formula 4 class when he was hit from behind and sent spinning into a wall.

The crash, which happened on the start-finish straight, left the young driver with a fractured right hand and his car was missing its front and rear wings.

The race, held at the Austrian track in Spielberg on Sunday, was called off following the younger Schumacher's crash and he finished in 10th place.

His compatriot Thomas Preining who caused the collision by hitting the Van Amersfoort Racing driver from behind was handed a 30-second time penalty.

Speaking after the race, the younger Schumacher said: "I'm okay. It's a shame my race had to end so early."

He had begun the race in 16th place on the grid before working his way up top 10th position prior to the crash.

He suffered what was described as an "uncomplicated fracture" of his right hand following the collision in the junior ADAC Formula Four series.

The racing starlet graduated from go-kart racing to single-seaters this season and clinched his first win in April in his third race.

He is competing in a class a few levels below F1, where his father won seven World Championships and became a household name.

The elder Schumacher, 46, is currently recovering after suffering severe head injuries after a ski accident in the French Alps.

The former Ferrari and Mercedes driver needed emergency surgery and was placed in an artificial coma after the accident in December 2013.

He spent several months fighting for his life in a coma following the crash, but last June was transferred from a hospital in the French town of Grenoble to a Swiss hospital after regaining consciousness.

He returned home to Gland on Lake Geneva in September 2014 for further rehabilitation.

His family have imposed a near-total news blackout on the care he is receiving at his Swiss mansion.

But speaking last month the F1 legend's manager Sabine Kehm said he was "making progress".

The seven-time World Champion’s family is facing spiralling care costs with the current spending on his rehabilitation estimated at over £10million.

His family is said to be spending around £100,000-a-week looking after him. 

It has been claimed that Schumacher has been left a mute with "limited awareness" of his environment and is also still unable to walk following the crash.

But those claims about his health are unconfirmed.

Express
08/06
9 Points
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F1 boss will not visit Michael Schumacher as he wants to remember legend 'as he was'

The 84-year-old billionaire said wants to remember the former F1 driver "as he was".Seven-time champion Schumacher, 46, is currently being treated at his home in Switzerland following serious head injuries from a skiing accident in France in 2013.Speaking to magazine F1 Racing, Ecclestone said: "I don't want to see Michael like that. "I remember Michael as he was.

The 84-year-old billionaire said wants to remember the former F1 driver "as he was".

Seven-time champion Schumacher, 46, is currently being treated at his home in Switzerland following serious head injuries from a skiing accident in France in 2013.

Speaking to magazine F1 Racing, Ecclestone said: "I don't want to see Michael like that. 

"I remember Michael as he was. That is how I want to see Michael. If he comes back, that is how I want Michael to be."

Latest reports from Lake Geneva suggest Schumacher is "making progress" after the horror crash 17 months ago. 

The F1 champion amassed a £520million fortune from his racing career. 

That is almost four times more than the second richest driver, Fernando Alonso.

But the German's care costs were said to have spiralled to over £10m earlier this year. 

The update came from his manager Sabine Kehm who added people "must always keep the seriousness of his injuries in mind”.

The horrific accident happened at Meribel when Schumacher was skiing when he crashed into a jagged rock.

He spent months fighting for his life and was placed in a medically induced coma for several months.

Last September he was taken out of the hospital by his family and is now being cared for by a team of specialists.

A news blackout has surrounded his progress but there were reports he had "limited awareness" of his environment.

Express
05/06
5 Points
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