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Clarkson brutally belittles F1 fairy tale

Great joy rang out in the stands at Albert Park when Max Verstappen’s car began to emit smoke at last weekend’s Melbourne Grand Prix.

For fans of the sport, it was an eye-sore spectacle when the three-time world champion was overtaken by Ferrari star Carlos Sainz, who had produced a spectacular qualifying effort on Saturday.

Sainz, who missed the last race due to appendix surgery, won the race and briefly stopped the Red Bull freight train that has completely dominated the sport for more than two years.

Sainz’s performance will go down as one of the most impressive performances of the modern era, beating teammate Charles Leclerc while wearing bandages under his racing suit.

But former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson isn’t buying into the hype.

In a recent column for The sunClarkson used Sainz’s victory to criticize the modernization of the sport, saying no man recovering from surgery should be able to win a Grand Prix.

The high-tech nature of the sport has allowed cars to develop from 500-horsepower coffins on wheels to the polished technological marvels they are today.

For many loyal fans who remember a time when drivers had to muscle their machines around corners with certain death staring them in the face, the modern era is a little too sanitized.

Clarkson, clearly in this camp, questioned whether modern cars needed a “superhuman” to drive them these days, and claimed that “moving towards a Formula 1 car is actually more difficult than ever.” days than driving it.”

“Naturally, many people saw this as a heroic display of determination and courage,” Clarkson wrote.

“But I wonder.” We are constantly told that these F1s are road combat aircraft. That they are a volcanic orgy of noise and G-forces. And that you have to be superhuman to control one.

“Really? I only ask because Carlos, pictured in hospital, was clearly suffering from some discomfort before the race, but he seemed to manage for almost two hours in the car.

“Which leads me to believe that it’s actually more difficult these days to get close to a Formula 1 car than to drive it.”

Sainz revealed that his compatriot Alex Albon had warned him what to expect after returning to the car after the operation. Albon missed the 2022 Italian Grand Prix with the same misfortune.

“I feel like that’s exactly what Alex told me before I got in the car,” Sainz said.

“He said that when he had his appendix removed, just with the G-force, everything inside felt like it was moving more than usual.

“You need some confidence to strengthen the core and body like you did before, but you get used to it.

“There’s no pain, there’s nothing to worry about. It’s just a strange feeling that you have to get used to while driving.

“Especially the circuits where we pull five or six Gs in certain braking zones and in certain corners. Obviously, everything moves but without pain and I can cope with it and I can adapt to it too.

Sainz had several reasons to show his guts last weekend in Melbourne. The explosive news that Lewis Hamilton would move to Ferrari next year meant he was now left without a seat for 2025.

There has been interest from big teams, including Red Bull, but it is still a wait-and-see situation for the Spaniard. While his teammate Leclerc, who has the longer contract, outqualified him during their partnership, Sainz did more than enough to be considered one of the strongest drivers on the grid.

F1 heads to Suzuka in Japan this weekend for the fourth round of the 2024 championship.

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