Revolt of the Formula 1 oldies
2021 will be a battle of the generations. Old versus young on the Formula 1 grid. Particularly in view: Fernando Alonso, who has returned.
Interesting: F1 debutant Tsunoda is 21 years younger than the Finnish “Methuselah” Räikkönen and could easily be his son.
Cult star Raikkonen is not interested in any of this. He wears it with humor. “I was young too – but was that why I was the better driver? I just find it amusing that I have already raced in Formula 1 with Max’s father. ”Raikkonen means 2001, when he made his debut at Sauber and Jos Verstappen fought for points with Arrows.
Old versus young: who is faster?
But who has advantages in the battle of the generations with the ultra-fast Formula 1 cars, which are more reminiscent of combat aircraft than street cars? The pilots have to cope with up to five g (five times their own body weight). Does a young body have any advantages under such extreme stress?
“Not necessarily,” says ex-Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher to AUTO BILD Motorsport. “Driving in Formula 1 is not like football or tennis, where age plays a bigger role. The reflexes and the willingness to take risks may wear off a bit, but the older drivers can make up for a lot with their experience, especially in the race. And they are totally fit like everyone else. ”
Schumacher continues: “In any case, the struggle of the generations will be fascinating to watch.”
Sainz and de la Rosa believe in Alonso
In any case, two of his countrymen trust him to do anything. Rally legend Carlos Sainz on ABMS: “Fernando has an irrepressible will to win. You can feel it at every tennis match. He’s still one of the best out there, ”says the Alonso confidante, whose son Carlos drives for Ferrari.
Ex-Formula 1 driver Pedro de la Rosa is also convinced: “Fernando loves Formula 1. He gives everything for success. If he has the right car, he can win his third title. Definitely. ”Strong words.