Ricciardo worried about fans losing interest in boring races

25-06-2019 09:30
by Bobby Vincent
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Ricciardo worried about fans losing interest in boring races

Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo has admitted he worries about the fans losing interest in Formula 1 races when the race is not compelling enough.

The French Grand Prix on Sunday has been heavily criticised for not being exciting enough - with Lewis Hamilton dominating the race from start to finish - being almost 19 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas when he crossed the line.

It was Mercedes' eighth consecutive victory and its sixth one-two finish of the season. Ricciardo has admitted he sometimes thinks, whilst in his cockpit, that the races are not exciting enough and is worried for the fans' sake.

"To be honest, if I'm by myself and I can see big gaps across the field in front of me, in my mirrors, sometimes I'm also thinking 'this isn't probably that exciting for people watching'," Ricciardo explained, as cited by GPToday

"As a racer, I would love for everything to be equal, so all us 20 drivers could be fighting to see who the best is. Some tracks, some drivers would be better and you would see a mix as the top guy wouldn't always be winning, it would be close.

"I know there was a big meeting to continue discussing things for 2021, so hopefully. At the moment, it's a bit easy for Mercedes, but I don't want to criticise them. They're the ones doing the job, it's up to everyone else to catch up. But it's easy to be frustrated without the car."

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