Briatore: Now we have drivers forced to behave on the track like accountants 20 March, 2014 Flavio Briatore not impressed Former team boss Flavio Briatore has slammed the new face of Formula 1 after the first race of the all new V6 turbo era. The 63-year-old Italian, absent from Formula 1 in the wake of the crashgate scandal, said that he watched the Melbourne race last weekend and thought it was “disrespectful” to the spectators and television audience. “They (the spectators) do not understand why the drivers do not attack, why and how they’re saving fuel, and why champion drivers refuse even to defend their position. “This was a strange spectacle, leaving behind the most beautiful sport in the world,” Briatore told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport. Sounds of silence in Melbourne He said it was wrong to let the car manufacturers succeed in their push for the all-new regulations, featuring ‘greener’ engines that use less fuel. “They delegated the writing of rules to engineers who do not care about the fans or entertainment,” said Briatore. “The result is terrible. Of course it is true that the principles of the rules are correct, but we must not forget that Formula 1 must be about the competition between drivers. “Obliging them to drive slowly is contrary to common sense. It’s like introducing a rule that means Ronaldo can only touch the ball ten times in a match. “Now we have the stars [drivers] forced to behave on the track like accountants. Valentino Rossi unimpressed “If Formula 1 does not change again in the near future, then the audience will be lost. Look at the comments on the internet, in blogs, on Twitter — they did not like the Australian Grand Prix. “It was an indecipherable and depressing show. “This new Formula 1 came too fast with too little testing, so at the very beginning Vettel and Hamilton were missing from the fight. This is unacceptable and now we have chaos.” Also unhappy with the ‘new’ Formula 1 is the flamboyant MotoGP veteran Valentino Rossi. “I was expecting something different from the new Formula 1 rules, instead I just found it boring,” the Italian is quoted by Tuttosport. “I think motorcycles and cars should race with the fuel they need, but what is happening now is just an exercise for the engineers,” added Rossi. (GMM) Subbed by AJN.