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Are the F1 drivers today at a higher level than in Senna/ Prost era?
In response to the debate we’ve been having this week about the “pagelle” or marks out of ten for drivers so far this season, one of our regular readers, Martin Leaver, has put forward an interesting position. He argues that with the cars so close together on performance in modern F1 and fine details of tyre use sufficient to take the edge off a performance, the drivers are actually more highly skilled than in the golden age of drivers in the late 1908s and early 1990s – the Senna/Prost/Mansell/Piquet era. Martin writes:
"Personally, I think the standard is higher now than in Piquet-Prost-Senna-Mansell era. As the cars are much closer in performance and passing is more difficult I believe the standards are greater. While Sennas’qualifying record is impressive compared to drivers since, the outcome was much less important. The refueling era and the high reliability gave an era where the drivers had to be at maximum concetration for the entire race, rather than conserving resources. The current cars have too much grip relative to their power, but the error rate is much reduced from Senna’s time. I remember working out that Senna had significant off-track moment/spin, car contact or crash in more than a quarter of his races.
“Based on that, you wouldn’t be surprised to read that I rate Alonso ahead of Senna. I think the current level of the sport has pushed the current drivers to be the best we’ve ever seen – they need to be more skilled. I believe the guys at the top now would have coped with the power:grip of the 1980s turbos and pretty much everything else is at a greater level except the gear changing.”
What do you think? Leave your comments in the section below?(fonte:http://www.jamesallenonf1.com)
Martin, amigo, só um aviso: coitado se você quiser vir ao Brasil hein!? rsrsrs
Bem, eu não me sinto segura ao dizer que Alonso era melhor do que Senna, pois não vi o Ayrton correr, infelizmente. Mas acho Alonso o melhor piloto que já vi correr e que Senna é o TOP e inalcansável... mas agora deixo o espaço para vocês discutirem...
Alonso está a frente de Senna? O grid de hoje é melhor do que do passado?!