Vettel Confused at Formula One Changes

Vettel Confused at Formula One ChangesVettel Confused at Formula One Changes

The Ferrari driver got his 2018 campaign off to a flyer with victory at the Australian Grand Prix last month. But there were some noticeable differences on the track at the start in Melbourne.

While the big change this season is the introduction of the ‘halo’ safety feature on all F1 cars, another difference is that before races there are no longer grid girls.

F1 owners Liberty Media made the move to drop the practice of having women standing in front of the cars before races after F1 decided it “does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms.”

Grid girls have now been replaced with grid kids, Express reported on Monday.

Liberty’s other major change was delaying race start times by 10 minutes to allow some TV schedulers more time to build up the race instead of a traditional start on the hour mark.

And Sebastian Vettel admits he too is a traditionalist when it comes to these things. “I think I’m a traditionalist and I like to hold on to certain things,” Vettel said. “There’s a lot of things I’m not a specialist in and I don’t need to understand. I’m confused why the races start later”.

The Ferrari driver is looking to beat rival Lewis Hamilton to a fifth world drivers’ title to draw level with Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio.

Vettel will hope to continue his strong start when he takes to the track in Bahrain this weekend. “Their performance is better than it looked,” said the reigning world champion. “Ferrari are going to be quick on the straights”.

“They are going to be rapid at the next race, they are going to be good in Bahrain. They are always good on hot circuits - even though it is a night race it is tough on the tires,” he added.


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