Best season for years, reckons Ron

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has said that even if on-track overtaking is relatively uncommon, Formula 1 is having its best season for many a year

Best season for years, reckons Ron

A move such as the one that Juan Montoya pulled on Michael Schumacher at Nurburgring stands out because it is such a scarce commodity, but Dennis argued that it has ever been thus.

"It's a long conversation," Dennis said, "but if you know how to make a car slippery (aerodynamically efficient) then you are going to do it. That means less of a slipstream and consequently more difficulty overtaking. Also, I'd say there is just 70bhp covering three-quarters of the grid, which isn't a big enough differential.

"But that is missing the point. History does not bear out what most people say about close racing. If you go back 20 years, the guy lying second would be half a lap down. This is the closest racing we've ever had.

"Those people who criticise F1 should look at the media penetration and the audience. Formula 1 tends to go in and out of fashion but so far, with six different race winners, close racing, a situation where the performance of the tyre goes back and forwards and is very different in the wet and dry, we have got great racing.

"The championship is open to at least three drivers and possibly four. It is bound to go down to within at three or four races of the end of the season. Of course you are going to get the odd processional race, but overall I think we are having one of the best seasons we've had for years."

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