“Much more pleasant than before”: Former F1 driver explains how much things have changed

Even though Juan Pablo Montoya has not driven for F1 for almost fifteen years, he makes sure to keep himself up to date with everything that is going on in the sport.

The eight-time Grand Prix winner, in a recent interview spoke about how the sport has evolved and has become a lot more pleasant as compared to old times.

“Formula 1 has been very interesting since Liberty got there. There have been a lot of changes. If you go into the paddock, it’s honestly shocking how much more pleasant it is now compared to before,” said the Colombian. 

“It’s just more sociable, the people are much friendlier.”

A lot of things are being done to bring the field closer ever since Liberty Media arrived on the scene. These include aerodynamic changes and budget caps. But Montoya is skeptical of these developements.

“Formula 1 is on the right track, as long as they can keep it under control. I’m sure people will find loopholes. That’s always the case, but with time it will get better.”

The reality according to him is that the top teams have no upper limit on what they can achieve.

“They do everything that needs to be done to win. The people with the best ideas will probably do even better if you give them half the time. That’s the problem.”

Speaking about the introduction of Sprint racing, he said, “People’s attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. So you can’t hope to have people watching one race on TV for two hours.

“People like us, who love the sport, will. But the younger generations will have a hard time of it. Sprint racing is the way of the future.”

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