Felipe Massa does not agree that Formula 1 is not what it used to be and says the number of overtakes today is almost the same as when he started racing.
FIA’s regulations for this year saw the introduction of faster, wider and more aggressive looking cars.
The new rules and the introduction of the aerodynamic package have increased the pace but nothing has been done about the most complained problem in F1, Overtaking, which has become harder than previous years, according to many racers.
But, Massa says overtaking is still the same as when he started in 2002.
“In the moment that I started, overtaking was very difficult, we didn’t have DRS and everyone was complaining about the same thing,” he said.
“They said ‘ah, we need to overtake’, ‘ah, we cannot follow the cars’, ‘ah, the top teams have more than the other teams’, ‘ah it’s too expensive’…
“What is different? I don’t really see a big change.
“Maybe in that time, teams spent, even more, money than they are now but the gap between the best and the worst was huge like it is now.
“This is F1. Hopefully, it will change in the future, but I didn’t see a big change.”
Massa added: “They are different cars but the mentality – the way you are driving, what you put into the car, how you try to get the best out of the car – is no different.
“It’s just different types of cars, different rules, different tyres, different engines.
“To be an F1 driver, you need to be the best and you need to take the best out of the car
“It was always like that in F1, it hasn’t been anything different from when I started to now. How things work is not so different.”