1996 World Champion Damon Hill believes that driving standards are much ‘cleaner’ today than when he was in the sport during the 1990s.
In an era dictated by ‘self-policing’ by the drivers, Hill thinks that despite a few exceptions from the likes of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, the driving today isn’t as ‘dirty’ as it once was.
“There was a time when it was very controversial,” Hill said in an interview with Pitpass. “There were drivers who overstepped the aggressiveness threshold and appeared to be condoned or even encouraged to drive in that way. I think today that there’s a little bit more self-policing that goes on with the drivers”
Hill also said that the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association could take credit for the cleaner racing.
“I think that the GPDA they [the drivers] get an opportunity to air their grievances with driving standards and I think there is peer pressure involved,” he added. “There’s a line over which you don’t want to see drivers go and I think they’ve been pretty good with the stewards in finding the balance.
“You don’t want to neuter the competition, you want to see some brave moves but just running off the track because you can is not really racing, it’s just blocking. It’s not use of skill, its use of belligerence.”
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