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Video: Jeremy Clarkson’s F1 rant - how fans reacted on Twitter

Former Top Gear host wants to see ‘proper’ racing again, not just some ‘health and safety exercise’

Jeremy Clarkson is obviously not a fan of Formula 1 in its current guise. The former Top Gear presenter has lashed out at F1’s management and the sport’s top teams for the lack of excitement during races. 

In an expletive-filled video rant posted on the Drive Tribe YouTube channel, The Grand Tour star explained how he would radicalise and fix F1. 

He also revealed that he prefers Formula E to F1 and that he watched the Wimbledon men’s final instead of the British Grand Prix. 

“I’d far rather watch these grow [a pot plant] than watch a Formula 1 race - and I love F1 motor racing,” Clarkson said.

“Number 1 get rid of the stewards, dangerous driving is what fans want so if someone does dangerous driving I’d give them an extra five championship points. 

“The cars have to be stronger, they have to be able to withstand wheel-to-wheel action without bits of front wings coming off. 

“And number three, the governing body needs to look at what cricket did. They had a five-day boring sport and they turned it what we saw in the final of the World Cup - super overs and crowds chanting. 

“I wasn’t watching, I was watching the Federer-Djokovic final and meanwhile there was Lewis Hamilton ‘ah I’ll just wait for a pit stop to come in and I’ll overtake Bottas that way’.”

In a scathing attack on Ferrari and Mercedes, he added: “F*** off, all of you f*** off. I want to see [Gilles] Villeneuve and [Rene] Arnoux wheel-to-wheel last lap of the French Grand Prix and if Ferrari don’t like that they can f*** off. 

“In fact Mercedes can f*** off. They can all f*** off. Ferrari saying, ‘oh well we have marketing strategies’ and Mercedes saying… oh f*** off the lot of you. 

“Let’s turn it into a proper sport again and not some health and safety exercise.”

How F1 fans and pundits reacted to Clarkson’s rant

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