De la Rosa says F1 drivers doing too little driving

Pedro de la Rosa with Fernando Alonso

Pedro de la Rosa with Fernando Alonso

Formula 1 veteran Pedro de la Rosa has warned that lack of real track time is harming the sport and hampering the progression of young drivers.

Testing at Silverstone for Ferrari, De a Rosa said after his day in the cockpit of the F14T, “I am very happy to be back in the car, because no simulator can compare to actually driving a car on track. It was enjoyable getting to grips with the circuit, as I miss it and miss training in race trim.”

“Formula 1 testing is reduced still further, obliging everyone to do more simulation. Maybe this needs a rethink, not just for the test drivers, who do too little driving, but for the youngsters and for Formula 1 as a whole,” observed the Spaniard. “Unfortunately, if the rules remain as they are, a key to winning is the simulator. I find that sad.”

“That aside, I am very pleased with the correlation we saw between the car and the simulator. That is a very important factor, ” added De la Rosa. (GP247)