Abiteboul calls on F1 to rediscover its DNA

Date published: May 19 2018

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has said Formula 1 has ultimately lost its “DNA” and it needs to be rediscovered.

New regulations to try and help more overtaking opportunities have been fast-tracked for next season, while the 2021 vision set out by Liberty and the FIA continues to be fine-tuned.

But Abiteboul believes the sport is losing its identity in the midst of other racing series playing to their major strengths.

“We can’t just mix it all up,” Abiteboul told Speed Week.

“The life of the engine, the durability of tyres, the amount of fuel, this is for me no part of the Formula 1 DNA.

“Le Mans was always about reliability, but Grand Prix racing should always be sprint racing from the lights to the flag.”

While Abiteboul is encouraged by the new rules for next season, he thinks they only scratch the surface when addressing the overall problems.

“We took care of the aerodynamics for 2019,” he added, “but important issues remain untouched.

“We have not talked about tyres. I understand that with a targeted degradation, the race should be exciting, but what does it mean if drivers have to save fuel?

“In my view, Formula 1 must be clear about what it represents for the fans. With hybrid technology we have breathed a modern wind but I do not understand what the real message is.

“We have a very good saying that to me applies in Formula 1 — you should never fix something that is not broken.”