Wolff: Since Bianchi accident perhaps we are over-cautious
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff thinks Formula 1 has become “a little over-cautious” in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s death.
Wolff, however, backed race director Charlie Whiting’s decision to be cautious on during the deluge that came down over Hungaroring during the early stages of qualifying, “There was too much water.”
However with regards to the the British Grand Prix start behind the safety car, Speed Week quotes Wolff saying, “Silverstone was another case. I would have done a few laps behind the safety car then a normal start.
“But because of the Bianchi accident we are perhaps in some situations a little over-cautious at the moment,” he added.
Red Bull’s Helmut Marko agrees, but thinks the sport is at least moving in the right direction with its switch to faster and more aggressive cars for 2017.
“Formula 1 fans need to say: That’s something I won’t do myself. It got so popular because risk was a part of the sport.”
“This safety that we have now is nonsense. And this idiocy with the Halo system will completely destroy formula one,” Marko told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
“These tarmac run-off areas and the crazy idea with kerbs that smash suspension and now driving over the white line with one, two, three or four wheels — it has nothing to do with racing. So many things are wrong,” he insisted.
And when asked about certain world champions who argue about the importance of safety, Marko fired: “Button, who earns 10 million, should retire. Safety is all well and good, but it cannot be that skiing is more dangerous than formula one,” he added.