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2013-12-09 13:07

RACING SHOULDN’T REVOLVE AROUND TYRES: Fernando Alonso hopes that drivers will have more say in F1 as new rules come into effect in 2014Image: AFP

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso hopes Formula 1 drivers will have a bigger role to play in 2014 as a wave of radical new regulations hits the grid.

Pirelli's quick-degrading tyres set the tone in 2013 and drivers often had nurse their cars through race strategies, at the beck and call of engineers. Alonso believes the new rules for 2014, featuring the introduction of turbo V6 engines and fuel limitations, could play in favour of smarter drivers.

'ENGINEERS NEED LESS CONTROL'

Alonso said: "Let's see what kind of driving style will be needed. I hope the decisions of the drivers becomes more important and the engineers have less control."

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel agreed that drivers would have a big role to play in 2014: "Imagine having only 100kg of fuel available for a race. That might require looking for completely different techniques that allow you to go as quick as normal but also save fuel."

McLaren's Kevin Magnussen said rookies could benefit from the 2014 season: "It'll be a new challenge for everybody, not just for me. The fact that I won't have as much experience as some of the other drivers actually counts a little bit less."

Nico Hulkenberg, who is switching from Sauber to Force India in 2014, commented: "Nobody knows, it's a new era in F1. You would have to say that Red Bull and the other big teams have the money and the resources to still be at the top."
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