Former F1 driver criticises modern generation for ruining the sport by being “too nice to each other”

Former F1 driver Hans-Joachim Stuck feels F1 drivers are too nice to each other these days and this leads to many “issues” for the sport.

Stuck further explained that the sport dishing out a number of penalties only harms its reputation.

The former Le Mans winner said that drivers should just “suck it up” and race without trying to get others in trouble as it would lead to lesser mediation from stewards.

Stewards often hand out time penalties during races.

Recently, McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo was given a ten-second penalty for his collision with AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda.

In spite of this, Ricciardo was able to neutralise the effect of the penalty and finished the race in seventh position.

Stuck wants F1 drivers to get stuck into each other

Max Verstappen and Lando Norris. Credit:
Max Verstappen and Lando Norris. Credit:

“They just need to step on the gas. In Mexico, penalties of five and 10 seconds are also handed out again. They are racing incidents, we can do without those kinds of penalties,” Stuck said.

There are many friendships that have emerged in recent years and Stuck believes that it is a pity that drivers are so nice to each other off the track.

“They don’t have to drink coffee together, do they,” he said.

“They are going to compete with each other, so let that fight be a fight too.”

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