Jacques Villeneuve was unimpressed with the Saudi Arabian GP, saying that what happened there was not racing at all.

The inaugural Saudi Arabian GP was a so-bad-it’s-good race. From a poor track to countless crashes, and from controversial moments to heated exchanges, it had all the ingredients, but perhaps for a drama show more than a race.

The fallout of the race saw social media explode in rage at various decisions. No team except probably the winning one came out of it fully happy. Villeneuve was unimpressed with the Saudi Arabian GP, and likened it to the worst possible tier in racing.

“It wasn’t F1, it was rental karting,” the former F1 driver said, as quoted by f1i.com.

“Everything was wrong, so I’m not sure what to say. And it’s hard to stay neutral, it’s hard to give a comment on what happened every time and be perceived as being neutral. You will always be perceived as taking sides, and that’s when it becomes a bit too much.”

The Saudi Arabian GP in a nutshell. Source: XPB

Race, don’t lace

Do we want sport and good F1? Or do we just want a Hollywood show? If you want a Hollywood show, today was amazing. But is that what F1 is all about?” Villeneuve asked.

“I don’t know. I mean, I think today Frank (Williams) would have turned in his grave, seeing this race.

“Then when you see the team principals, everybody is shouting, and putting pressure even on the marshals and so on, that becomes ridiculous.

“It was great for the fans, so that probably will increase the viewership, which is great for F1. But we’re starting to get away from the sport, that’s all. So ultimately, it depends if you’re a purist or not,” he concluded.

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