Max Verstappen on the first lap/first corner incident with Charles Leclerc:
As soon as you're a bit offline here, it's a super low grip and that's what happened. I braked and there was no grip. I didn't mean to push Charles off the track, but I couldn't slow it down and I just kept sliding wide on four wheels. So that's why we had to go wide.
It's a wonder how racing drivers, in the last century, managed to negotiate the first corner of a race without much trouble, and without the benefit of miles of tarmac runoff.
Today's driving standards are at a pathetic all-time low. Modern drivers get coached all around the track, yet they are still unable to negotiate a corner safely because - oops! - the grip isn't there? In my opinion, Max Verstappen is way overrated, and has no place amongst the greats of this sport, which by extension means that neither has any of the other hot shots in the field - what a bunch of lame-os. They'd be all off within two corners in a real race on a real track.
Some time earlier this year, TV started showing pictures from a pedal cam, but quickly stopped because the images were just too pathetic - only two pedals! In my youth, I used to watch in awe when F1 and other racing drivers were doing their stuff, thinking "No way could I ever do that!" Nowadays, every spotty youth with a playstation is already qualified enough, he just needs the courage and LOTS OF MONEY to jump through the hoops.
Oh, yes, we're told that modern drivers need so much brain capacity for the many buttons and levers on the steering wheel, it's become such a complex job! In reality, the only important knob is the one for the intercom, though, as they can always ask "What's that shiny green button for, again?" Their 'race engineer' will always tell them what to do. "Remember to brake for the pit entry, and turn left for the stall..." Ugh!
F1 has become a joke, and a bad one at that.
Edited by Michael Ferner, 20 November 2023 - 09:32.