F1 STILL TOPS: Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat said F1 was still a challenge and lambasted critics who thought otherwise. Image: AP/ Jon Super
LONDON, England - Two Formula 1 drivers have hit back at the suggestion that the championship was no longer "the pinnacle of motor sport".
As stakeholders consider changes to reverse the perceived dwindling interest Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat shook his head at claims that driving modern race cars was no longer a serious challenge.
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The young Russian told Brazil's Globo: "The challenge is huge, no matter what the critics say. I hear all this criticism but I believe those who do it (complain) are not aware of what we drivers really have to do.
"I'd like to see them sit in one of these cars and see what they are capable of."
Force India driver, Nico Hulkenberg, clarified that he did not decide to take on the challenge of the 2015 Le Mans endurance race because F1 was no longer exciting. Hulkenberg racing for Porsche, was triumphant at his first attempt in what many regard as the pinnacle event of endurance racing.
The German said: "I'm not one of the great critics of F1, for me, F1 is still the premier class, the fastest and the best cars you can drive today.
“It's still a lot of fun."
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