Ex Ferrari Race Winner Reaffirms that F1 Stewards Need to take a Back-Seat this Season

Motorsport Legend Jacky Ickx opens up about his views on the current state of Formula one – claiming that the sport has lost the human element it once had.

During his statements, Jacky touched on a lot of different topics regarding the current nature of Formula One, but there is one area which he absolutely nailed: Formula One has been a sport that is ruled by the stewards.

Now, we must keep in mind that many of the regulation changes that have been implemented during the 2017 season have taken some efforts to force the stewards back a bit – but for the most part the sport does give too much authority to its stewards in the name of safety, but only serves to perpetuate the suffocating feel over micro-management that can occur in F1.

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“[On the stewards] Their position is not to modify the races themselves by their own decisions. [Stewards are] changing the face of motor racing in the moment by having investigations here, there and everywhere.

Too many rules, too much interference in overtaking with penalties. They [the drivers] are big boys. We are not talking about a road traffic accident, which is sometimes how these things are treated.” – Jacky Ickx

The regulations have eased up on the aggression of drivers somewhat heading into this new season, with stewards being told to abstain from making calls during contact out on the track unless they see that a driver is solely responsible for a crash.

FIA Formula 1 Race's Director Charlie Whiting (L) and FIA's President Jean Todt attend a press conference at the Sochiautodrom circuit in Sochi on October 10, 2014, ahead of the Russian Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
FIA Formula 1 Race’s Director Charlie Whiting (L) and FIA’s President Jean Todt attend a press conference at the Sochiautodrom circuit in Sochi on October 10, 2014, ahead of the Russian Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s evident that Liberty Media is retuning the sport in an effort to inject some new excitement and aggression – especially as a bid to engage a younger following.
It’s not really up for debate whether or not Formula One will ever go back to how it was – it won’t. But Jacky is right in his thoughts that the current management need to retool how the stewards conduct themselves around the sport.