Jeremy Clarkson talked with F1 pundit Martin Brundle ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, and while the Clarkson’s Farm presenter has been dismissive of the motorsport in recent years, his passion has been reignited after the recent change in regulations.
“This is the first Formula One race I’ve been to for years. It’s just so fantastic to be back,” the Grand Tour presenter told Sky F1 via Martin Brundle.
“I adore Formula 1. It was infuriating for years and years and years and now it’s back because they can follow one another and the aerodynamics are so much better.”
He continues, adding that his daughter is now a fan of the sport, meaning he can now talk about it with something of equal interest.
“And now my daughter, Katya, is now a really big fan so I can talk to her about it.”
One thing he noted was the size of the cars. They have got significantly larger in recent years due to safety standards and a number of other reasons, which many drivers have complained about. Adrian Newey, the mind behind the Red Bull RB19, said this on the subject:
“I think following has been quite a bit better, so that’s positive,” he told the press. “But of course, the weight of the cars, they’re extremely heavy, which I think it’s not great, which I don’t really see a quick solution for.”
“I think it’s a bit of a shame that Formula 1 has gone down this path, especially because right now there is a need and opportunity to do exactly the opposite,” he said.
“It is clear that this wrong direction is the same one that the general car industry has taken recently: bigger and heavier cars and people’s obsession with running on batteries or petrol.
“The biggest problem is the amount of energy needed to move the damn thing, regardless of where that energy comes from. It seems Formula 1’s technical regulations don’t understand that, because the big car manufacturers obviously don’t want that.”
Jeremy echoed this sentiment, telling Brundle:
“I can’t believe how big they’ve got. They’re huge and it’s just… I’m fizzing with excitement over the whole thing!”
Jeremy was then asked what team he was supporting, of which he had many:
“Oh, you know, it’s not like football. You don’t have a team, but I like Alpha Romeo, always have done Alpine are my local team in Chipping Norton, so I root for them a little bit. I’m friends with a bunch of people at Red Bull and I’m here with [inaudible] so I don’t know.
“Max is gonna win the race. Who will be second, that’s the question.”