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2016-05-13 09:33

MISSING THE CHALLENGE: Williams' driver Felipe Massa says that modern F1 cars are not as challenging to drive as their predecessors. Image: AFP / Karim Sahib

Cape Town - Williams' Felipe Massa has hit out once again at the suggestion that driving Formula 1 cars in the modern era has become too easy.

The F1 veteran has raced across F1's V10, V8 and now V6 eras, but said the challenge is simply "different" today rather than easier.

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Not as tiring

Massa said: "Sure, it used to be physically tougher [in the past]. We drove lighter cars and could refuel during the race - we were nearly always at the limit, like during the qualifying sessions. It was more tiring.

The Williams driver added: "Today's races are more technical than physical. You need to take tyres into account. It is a different, less aggressive way of driving.

"But that's a far cry from saying that today is easy."

Mixed expectations

Nevertheless, F1 has made the decision to turn a sharp corner for 2017, speeding up the cars with bigger tyres and more downforce.

The move, however, has split paddock opinion, but Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz is looking forward to it.

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Sainz said: "It will be faster and that sounds motivating, as whenever I've gone into a faster car it has always been good for me.

"Regarding overtaking, it is not something we can judge now. We will have to give it a year to see if it was better or not. Time will tell," the Spaniard concluded.


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