Villeneuve Praises Great F1 Rules in 2010

Formula One has gone through quite some changes in recent years, with the International Automobile Federation (FIA) trying to bring something new to the table at the beginning of each season lately. Following the major aerodynamic package introduced for 2009, the recently ended campaign in 2010 brought in the refueling ban, a new points system and several other technical tweaks.

According to former F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve, despite the constant criticism centered around the FIA's rule-changing scheme in recent years, the 2010 campaign has been the closest to perfection it's ever been in years. And most of it had to do with the new rules.

The regulations were almost completely right,” he told Auto Hebdo in a recent interview. “The only small problem was the mandatory changing of tires. It resulted in some negative points, especially at the last race (in Abu Dhabi) that otherwise would have been interesting.”

Villeneuve admitted to having closely watched the F1 action this year more than he used to, as he planned to enter the series as team owner in 2011.

I followed it all closely this season because I was working to put together a team so I needed to see what was happening. It was an interesting season,” he added.

However, the Canadian's praises towards the FIA stop here, as the new regulations in place for the 2011 campaign will likely ruin what has been a “good” season in 2010. Adjustable rear wings, the introduction of KERS and the double diffuser ban are only a few of the changes brought to the 2011 rulebook.

Next year there is going to be the (rear) wing that moves. This is something that I think is negative – it's too artificial. It's a shame they're doing that when you think about how good this season was,” he added.
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