Hill: F1 has lost its way

Former world champion Damon Hill believes that Formula 1 has become too obsessed with furthering its commercial aspects and has lost sight of what made it appealing in the first place

Hill: F1 has lost its way

Speaking in the Telegraph, Hill, who now works as a commentator for Sky Digital, puts forward his ideas to improve the sport he graced from 1992-1999.

"The sad truth is that Formula 1 has relinquished its autonomy to outside forces and the billion-dollar golden-egg-laying goose that is television has been sent to the foie gras farm," he said. "The controlling shares in the television rights are held by German bankers. [Bernie] Ecclestone has kicked the ball out of the ground, and no one is big enough to go and get it back."

Hill urges a return to the sport's glory days, when the drivers were idolised as playboys and its maverick image appealed to the imagination of a generation of young fans.

"What I want is a little bit of the old 'escapism' that Formula 1 used to offer," he said. "It would take us to Brazil on a dull March Sunday, to see playboys risk their lives for whatever their particular motive happened to be - girls, money or adrenalin.

"The only way to make Formula 1 enjoyable again is to remember that 90 percent of viewers only want to look forward to a Sunday in front of the television watching highly-paid egomaniacs fighting over a tin cup."

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