Villeneuve: F1 a 'borefest' now
5 July 2011 – Jacques Villeneuve does not agree with those who support the new-for-2011 DRS, which allows drivers to enjoy more chances to pass with an aerodynamic advantage. Instead, the 1997 World Champion has labelled the sport a ‘borefest’ and believes it is now seriously lacking in terms of pure racing.
“Less and less because the races are a ‘borefest’,” Villeneuve told BBC Sport when asked if he still keeps a close eye on F1. “I’m not a fan of the new rules – the artificial rear wings and all that kind of stuff. It creates a lot of overtaking but it just makes me yawn and fall asleep; I don’t see any great driving anymore so, for me, it’s just taken away what racing is supposed to be.”
When talking of his home Canadian Grand Prix, which spanned over four hours and featured Jenson Button’s last-lap pass for the lead on Sebastian Vettel, Villeneuve said:
“Yeah, but were any of the overtakes amazing? No. They all happened down the straight and before the braking happened. I don’t know what was exciting about that.”
He went on to discuss the recent headlines surrounding McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and the 2008 title winner’s driving style.
“Of course you criticise him, because he didn’t use his head; but thank God he’s not using his head because it’s creating a little bit of excitement and there’s not enough of that,” Villeneuve continued. “He’s aggressive and he goes for it and I think, if he could mix that with a little bit of brains, then he would be amazing.
“We shouldn’t complain about that - it’s become too pampered. If anyone puts his nose somewhere, there’s a penalty going. Just let them have some proper racing. Mistakes should not be penalised, only dirty driving.”