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Frentzen Slams Traction Control Again

Friday March 16th, 2001

Jordan's Heinz-Harald Frentzen has calmed the controversy over his comments on driver aids, but remains dissatisfied with the impending return of traction control.

Frentzen clarified the remarks that suggested Sauber may be using a mechanism to prevent wheelspin by adding that there are legal ways to run such devices.

However, the German has always been a critic of traction control, and he is not keen on the return of currently banned reactive devices in the fifth race this season.

"I always said I was upset about it because I like to race with a normal system that allows the driver to control the car by itself," said Frentzen.

"And most of the drivers are of the same spirit," he continued. "This is the spirit of the sport and it should be in the future."

But Frentzen does understand the predicament the FIA is in, and believes that it is very difficult to decide what is legal and what is illegal.

"Now there are so many possibilities that you can have a system 100 per cent legal," said Frentzen. "Now is the time to say where is it legal and this is the job of the FIA.

"But I believe we should one day get rid of all this shit and drive normally and that would be my wish in F1 for the future."

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