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F1 must take drivers' inputs for finalising circuits: Sutil

January 10, 2010 18:11 IST

Sick and tired of driving on safe and boring layouts, Force India driver Adrian Sutil wants 2011 Indian Grand Prix to bring back the thrill that he finds missing in Formula One.

Adrian SutilSutil said the new tracks rolled out of late are safe to the extent of killing the charm which makes Formula One such an alluring sport for the drivers.

The German, who was in the capital this week, cited the case of the picturesque Yas Marina Circuit which hosted the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year.

"Abu Dhabi was one of the most perfect circuits I have driven on, and the most boring as well," a visibly unimpressed Sutil said.

"It was just straight and really, really boring. But I probably cannot say anything bad about it for it's safe, like what all modern circuits should be," was his satirical assessment of the layout.

"I think it's time to involve more drivers in their work, because we want fast corners and that's where F1 cars are so good," he asked.

On the 2011 Indian Grand Prix, Sutil hoped the organizers would seek drivers' input before finalising the specifications of the track.

"We should concentrate on putting up a really good circuit in Delhi. Hopefully they will get information from drivers they want and I hope that they put some really exciting corners," the lanky German said.

Sutil said he was not the only driver who felt F1 was losing its thrill.

"A majority of the drivers feel this way. Of course there are a few who like the way it is, safe. There will always be different opinions about it but most of them would say there can be some changes in the circuits," he said.

Sutil said flirting with danger is what draws drivers to the sport and he was upset that the thrill was waning.

"Everyone loves driving because there is thrill in it. If it was not dangerous, maybe so many drivers would not be doing it," Sutil reasoned.

"Maybe there are certain risks in it but if you don't take those risks, it would get boring. Circuits are getting too safe and driving is not so nice anymore.

"Personally speaking, I'm just not getting that thrill. There is a wall in the corner and you have got to take it easy or you would ram into it. Formula One is dangerously fast and is all about speed. That's why it's interesting and we should keep it like that," he said.

The youngster said he was satisfied with the safety measures adopted in F1 and believes it is good enough.

"Of course it is good to be safe and you need to look for improvement in drivers' safety. But F1 did so much for safety that these cars are highly-developed and I feel really safe," he added.

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