China preview: Racing a throwback to the '80s

China preview: Racing a throwback to the '80s

AUTOSPORT columnist, BBC commentator and former F1 driver David Coulthard gives us his thoughts ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, and explains why he is loving the new style of racing in Formula 1 for 2011

If Formula 1 2011 has taught us one thing so far, it's that there's a heck of a lot happening in these races. Perhaps for the casual observer there's too much going on, but for us hardcore racing fans it's great because you really have to follow it closely to appreciate what's really going occurring. It's full-on Formula 1.

There is so much strategy at play, and it was fascinating to hear new terminology from the drivers during the race about their tyre wear: "Phase one", "Phase two" and "falling off the cliff" – we're going to hear much more of that feedback.

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