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Gordon Murray on F1 changes and what he’d do if he was in charge.

“I don’t really like the direction F1 is taking at the moment; I think it’s quite false in some areas. I can understand completely the desire to create overtaking, but there were much more simple ways that had a technical background and not an artificial one. I do see the reasoning, though.

“In terms of the current direction and making it green – whatever that means in the world of F1 – I think it’s a load of rubbish. It really is. F1 is green by its very nature. You have a whole bunch of people trying to get the last gram of fuel to do the best amount of work.

“If you look at how engines have gone – certainly in the last two decades, maybe even the last three – everybody has changed and is now using twin-cam, four valves per cylinder, low friction coatings and stuff like that. That’s all going towards a greener formula. You don’t have to start bringing in engines that are closer to road cars. Dictating the number of cylinders is not F1 for me. In my opinion, that’s not the green direction they should be taking.

“A lot of the problems in F1, as I pointed out in the September 2012 issue of Motor Sport [left], are practical in terms of the spectator side of things. Just taking one thing at random – the front wing. Having massive front wings that go right out to the outside of the car just means a huge number of races are interrupted when someone’s wing is broken and there’s carbon all over the track. I’ve actually turned the TV off because of carbon on the track and the resulting safety car. It’s cobblers really; all you need is a decent-sized front wing! They’re trying to reduce downforce anyway…”

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