Daniel Ricciardo says he would “love” all 20 Formula 1 cars to be of equal power so that the drivers could fairly fight amongst themselves for race victories, and is hoping the regulation changes for 2021 could be a step towards that aim.
The Australian was given two penalties by the stewards after the conclusion of the French Grand Prix at the weekend, for exceeding track limits to overtake Romain Grosjean and then Lando Norris. He claimed he was just trying to provide entertainment in what was a dull race, but the moves ultimately cost him a place in the top 10 and points for Renault.
Ricciardo says he understands that fans were not excited by the action at the Paul Ricard, and it made him long for the upcoming rule changes which will even the playing field.
"To be honest, if I'm by myself and I can see big gaps across the field in front of me, in my mirrors, sometimes I'm also thinking 'this isn't probably that exciting for people watching'," he said.
"As a racer, I would love for everything to be equal, so all us 20 drivers could be fighting to see who the best is. Some tracks, some drivers would be better and you would see a mix as the top guy wouldn't always be winning, it would be close.”
Mercedes have won every race so far in 2019, but Ricciardo refused to lay any blame at their door for the stale nature of the title race.
"I know there was a big meeting to continue discussing things for 2021, so hopefully,” he said of the potential for more race winners.
“At the moment, it's a bit easy for Mercedes, but I don't want to criticise them. They're the ones doing the job, it's up to everyone else to catch up. But it's easy to be frustrated without the car."
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