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Last Updated:  Saturday, 15 March, 2003, 13:31 GMT
Moss calls for more F1 reforms
Michael Schumacher in action in Melbourne
Ferrari were not dominant in this year's Australian Grand Prix
Sir Stirling Moss reckons motor racing chiefs have not gone far enough in their attempt to make Formula One more exciting.

The Grand Prix legend has admitted that last weekend's season opening race in Australia was one of the best he'd seen for many years.

But Moss believed even more onus had to be put back on the driver - starting with the banning of electronic driver aids like traction control which will be outlawed from this July's British Grand Prix.

"I don't think they have gone far enough with the rule changes," said Moss.

"Melbourne was one of the best races and certainly the most exciting qualifying sessions I can remember for a long time.

"And single lap qualifying has put more pressure on the drivers and that will make it more exciting.

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"But I am particularly looking forward to when they remove traction control. To get into a F1 car like they are now will be difficult to control.

"The cars are going to be very, very difficult to drive without traction control and the more responsibility you put upon the driver to demonstrate his skill together with the car's ability is beneficial."

Traction control, which allows a driver to corner easier, will be banned along with automatic gearboxes from the race at Silverstone while launch control - which virtually guarantees a flawless start - could also go at the same time.

Five-time champion Schumacher surprisingly reacted to the announcement by claiming he would prefer driver aids to continue because it boosted the chances of producing the perfect lap.

Moss admitted he was surprised at the German's stance on the issue as he believed the abolition of driver aids would emphasise Schumacher's superiority.

"I would have thought Michael would have looked forward to the traction control being removed," added Moss.

"It's interesting that he is not. My feeling about motor racing is that you get exhilarated as a driver because you take a vehicle and demonstrate how good you are.

"But Michael wants to demonstrate the finite line, not being able to take it and get it that way.

"But then he is modern and I am old but in my opinion he will find less trouble dealing with horsepower than most."




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