Lauda: F1 over-regulated, hour delay crazy
8 July 2014 – Niki Lauda reckons Formula 1 is now "over-regulated" and has labelled as "crazy" the one-hour stoppage after Kimi Räikkönen's opening lap accident at the British Grand Prix.
Lauda, a three-time World Champion, says he wants to see the sport go back to "normal racing".
"F1 is over-regulated. This over nursing drives me mad and this little guardrail issue is another example. Stopping the race for an hour is wrong and is bad for the sport. It's all crazy. To stop the race for one hour because one of the barriers is damaged is ridiculous," Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman Lauda told reporters at Silverstone.
"Kimi made a mistake and hit the guard rail low. I guarantee no one will hit that spot again. There are too many rules. A lot of people will just go home or switch off the TV set. It is not good for Formula 1."
Lauda says he has aired his concerns with Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who he claims agreed.
"I have talked to Bernie about it and he fully agrees with me," he said. "We must go back to normal racing."