Baku showed F1 must stop overcomplicating

Baku showed F1 must stop overcomplicating

Safety car lines, radio restrictions and engine settings all caused problems in Baku, and all had roots in Formula 1's habit of overcomplicating simple things, while the on-track action showed what Ferrari's driver strategy for 2017-18 should be

The European Grand Prix at the new Baku circuit had all the ingredients to be a real dodgem-car race, but it didn't turn out that way. We probably saw the cleanest grand prix in a long time in terms of driving errors - but it also flagged up some problems Formula 1 needs to address.

The circuit has a good mix of fast and slow corners and wide and narrow sections, and it needs to be treated with respect otherwise you pay a heavy price. That's how it should be. The straights are long and wide, and with the DRS it's a bit like sitting at the side of a motorway watching the traffic overtake - which is not my cup of tea.

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