Webber: 'Modern F1 not as satisfying as old'

Monday 17th June 2013, 15:09 by TF1T Staff 

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Mark Webber believes the more experienced drivers in the field aren't getting as much satisfaction from racing as they used to, because of the tyre situation.

Whilst he understands that drivers must adapt to new rules - which change constantly - he says the racing itself has been fundamentally altered with the need for "extreme" tyre management.

"I think as a group, especially for the guys north of 100 grands prix, we've seen a different make-up of how grands prix are run these days," the Red Bull driver told Autosport.

"It's in our skill set to have to deal with some of these challenges, as we always have, whether its V10s, V8s, refuelling, one-lap qualifying; Q1, Q2, Q3.

"I've seen most of the scenarios we've had to play with, and it is important for a driver to deal with them.

"It [the racing] is different.," he added. "Monaco was quite an extreme case for that in terms of pace, as I think it around GP2 pace, and that's getting quite extreme you'd say."

Whilst Webber still enjoys driving, the Australian is finding it harder and harder to enjoy the same satisfaction as he used to.

"It is a really different type of racing, no doubt about it. You still have some nice moments in the car but it's hard to put your finger on the satisfaction side of things now. It's just different."



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