Baku showed F1 must stop overcomplicating
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Baku showed F1 must stop overcomplicating

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Safety car lines, radio restrictions and engine settings all caused problems in Baku, and all had roots in Formula 1's habit of overcomplicating simple things, while the on-track action showed what Ferrari's driver strategy for 2017-18 should be

The European Grand Prix at the new Baku circuit had all the ingredients to be a real dodgem-car race, but it didn't turn out that way. We probably saw the cleanest grand prix in a long time in terms of driving errors - but it also flagged up some problems Formula 1 needs to address.

The circuit has a good mix of fast and slow corners and wide and narrow sections, and it needs to be treated with respect otherwise you pay a heavy price. That's how it should be. The straights are long and wide, and with the DRS it's a bit like sitting at the side of a motorway watching the traffic overtake - which is not my cup of tea.

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