F1 reverts to old qualifying format
Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says current F1 drivers should “shut up” and stop trying to interfere with rule makers.
Drivers have been vocal over the changes to qualifying this year, leading to the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association issuing a statement calling for better governance in F1.
Villeneuve, the 1997 title-winner, said: “The way drivers are complaining is terrible for F1. It’s not their problem. They should just shut up. It’s not their problem how good or bad the show is on TV. They should just get on with their job.
“In a classroom, how many of your classmates would be able to make educated decisions? Not many.
“Take a group of 20 drivers. Take maybe two of them and the rest should just shut up. So why would you want to give them power?”
Villeneuve also said F1 needed to follow the example of other major sports and find stability with its rules.
“They should stop changing the rules full stop,” he said. “In all the noble sports like tennis and football, the rules haven’t changed in 100 years, even when it’s boring, and people respect it.”