Drivers present ‘four clear points’ to improve F1

Date published: July 26 2019 - Jamie Woodhouse

Red Bull say their resources are being "pushed and pulled" by 2021 talks.

The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association have presented “four really clear points” which they believe will help improve Formula 1 from 2021.

In a meeting on the 2021 regulations in Geneva on Tuesday, GPDA directors Romain Grosjean and Sebastian Vettel appeared as the driver representatives.

Asked by about the meeting, Grosjean said: “It was long, but it was very important I think that the drivers were involved.

“We’ve got four really clear points of where we want to go, and there were discussions of a few things that we thought were completely useless to us in terms of making the show better.

“Four points presented by the GPDA, and four points that we’ve agreed on with every driver. It’s difficult to go there when there is a question of the scope of the discussions with the others, because then it’s your personal opinion.

“So it’s a matter of the GPDA, 51 percent of the drivers say this is the direction we want to go, and this is the direction we want to go. ”

The Haas driver would go on to explain what the four points are.

“Out of four points from the GPDA number one is the tyres. Number two is the aero. Number three is the weight, and number four is money between the teams,” he confirmed.

“So I think if you solve those four points, I think it will be f****** good.”

The return of refueling has been debated for 2021, and Grosjean confirmed that the drivers wanted it to make a comeback.

“Nothing is agreed. GPDA, we want it, not because we think it’s great for racing, but we need to help to bring the weight of the car down,” he confirmed.

“So it’s just a temporary fix to help make the cars 70kgs lighter or 60kgs at the start of the race, and not overheat the tyres.

“When I started in 2009 it was 605kgs, and now we’re 740-something. So it’s 140kgs and you can feel the cars in the low speed corners are very heavy, and the start of the race is even more – it’s 850, or something like that.

“We just feel it’s too much for a Formula 1 car. I know we’re talking about an 18 inch tyre, which is another 25kgs; a standard brake system, which is another 8kgs. So you are actually adding and adding, while what we want is to bring the weight down.”

Grosjean did confirm though that a return to V10 engines was definitely off the table.

“This we were told was not an option! It’s the first thing we brought up, a V10 and you save 150kgs,” said the Frenchman.

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