Exclude Mercedes and Formula 1 is very exciting in 2020 - Vitaly Petrov

Vitaly Petrov (Charles Coates / Getty Images)
Vitaly Petrov (Charles Coates / Getty Images)
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• Vitaly Petrov says Formula 1 in 2020 is not boring.

• Petrov was an F1 driver in the early parts of this past decade.

• Excluding Mercedes, the top ten is very tight.

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Former Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov has hit back at claims that F1 is "boring" in 2020.

Even title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen admitted after Spa that it had been a boring race, caused mainly by the one-stop strategy, the nature of the current cars and tyres, and Mercedes' dominance.

Some have suggested that Formula 2 is a more interesting theatre of racing this year.

Russian Petrov told Sport-Express: "It's always been that way. In Formula 2, all the cars are the same so it's not the engine or aerodynamics that come to the fore but the skill of the driver. But if you look at F1 this season, I do not even agree that it is a boring season.

"If you don't look at the Mercedes, then it is a very tight top ten with Red Bull, McLaren, Renault and Racing Point. Before, only six cars - Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull - were fighting, where now there are at least ten cars."

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