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Head Wants an Alternative to Traction Control

Tuesday March 20th, 2001

Williams technical director Patrick Head has urged Formula One's technical working group to find a solution to policing electronic driver aids in the sport in a bid to make the introduction of traction control later this season as short as possible.

Traction control will come into Formula One in the Spanish Grand Prix in April and although Head agrees it will make the sport fairer he is not keen on keeping it as a long-term solution.

"It is one of the challenges that the technical working group has to come up with an idea [of how to police it]," said Head.

"I like to see cars power-sliding around," continued the Williams man. "It is my personal view and if there were a means of having the power of the engine totally regulated by the driver's right foot then I would be totally in favour of that."

However, until they achieve a solution, Head is happy the system's introduction at this year's Spanish Grand Prix in three races time will stop the accusations and mumblings of illegalities around the grid.

"I am much more in favour of traction control over the field than this continuous innuendo," he said. "This has been going on for a long time, but it was strongly there last year.

"If you firmly believe you are racing against somebody who is very cleverly finding a way to circumvent the regulations, then that is the least satisfactory of the solutions.

"For this year, the solution being proposed is the favoured one and the ones that don't favour it may be the ones who have some tricky system. It is not an environment in which one can go motor racing."

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