Formula 1 must ‘change dramatically’ says Perez

Date published: May 10 2019

Sergio Perez has warned that Formula 1 must "change dramatically" or he and other drivers will lose interest.

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez has warned there will be mass driver exits unless Formula 1 make the Championship more about drivers.

Liberty Media plan to bring sweeping changes into the sport from 2021, and Perez has warned that they must return the focus in Formula 1 to driver ability rather than car performance or he and many other drivers will not want to continue.

“I think what F1 has to do is to make this a Drivers’ Championship instead of a team Championship,” Perez told Motorsport.com.

“Over the last years it has got worse and at the moment it is just a teams’ Championship, it is not a Drivers’ Championship. It is everything related to your car potential, which is a big shame for the sport, for the drivers.

“There are fantastic drivers who will probably never have the opportunity to stand on the podium due to the lack of competitiveness that you get through your career. I think it is a fundamental issue and F1 has to change massively.

“I am really looking forward to the 2021 rules to see if that happens because I’ve been too long [like this]. I don’t want to be any longer in a Championship that is teams related, so hopefully the drivers in the future can do a bit more to make the difference.”

Perez spoke of how “frustrating” it is just to turn up for a race weekend right now, knowing that even a podium position is unlikely due to Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull’s dominance as the sport’s top three.

“Imagine how frustrating it is to come here knowing that you are fighting to be best of the rest,” he stressed.

“People struggle to understand, but it is not like tennis or golf where you have some equipment but it is up to the tennis player or the golf player to deliver.

“You go there and you don’t know where you are going to finish. Here you come and everyone knows more or less where you are going to finish. So that is something that has to change dramatically in the sport to make it better, otherwise it will be a massive problem for the future.”

Sergio Perez has warned that Formula 1 must look to put the focus back on driver ability with the 2021 overhaul.

With those complaints in mind, Perez wants Liberty’s 2021 changes to focus on ways in which they can bring the midfield and the top three together.

“The people in charge of the rules are trying hard to give all the teams the same opportunities,” he said. “Obviously they are fantastic teams and so on, but I think one of the big issues is resources.

“You are competing with teams that have three or four times more resources than you, and it has been like that for many years. So the structures that they are able to build compared to yours are simply not possible. I think that is one of the issues.

“Also make more standard cars. Keep the technology in place to keep attracting manufacturers which F1 needs, but we want to see the best driver winning – not the best car.

“For me as a fan and as a driver it is what I want from F1 very soon. Otherwise, it gets less interesting.”

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