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Arrows Manager Against Driving Aids

Wednesday March 28th, 2001

Arrows' race team manager Michael Ainsley-Cowlishaw wants all driver aids to be banned in Formula One.

Ainsley-Cowlishaw wants a return to traditional racing and said all electronic aids have taken the sport away from the Grand Prix drivers.

"If it was left up to me, I would like to bring it more back into the drivers hands," Ainsley-Cowlishaw said. "Now it's all electronics, gadgetry and money.

"The amount of money you've got dictates how much better you can be than your rival because you can employ more people and devote more money to electronic gadgets.

"I'd rather put a gear stick back in there and steel brakes, then see how we get on. I'd like to see the end of all the hidden bits and pieces that some people have got on their cars that are illegal."

Ainsley-Cowlishaw accepted that the arrival of legal traction control for the Spanish Grand Prix next month will allow the smaller teams to close the gap on Ferrari and McLaren, even though he is against it.

"After Barcelona this year, traction control will be legalised and anybody can use it," he said. "So at least the people that haven't been doing it will be able to do it, and they'll be able to get an advantage out of it."

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