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GP Week : Issue 77
F1 NEWS >> THE boss of the Australian Grand Prix, Ron Walker, has lashed out at the current generation of Formula One drivers and branded them eternally unhappy 'prima donnas' amid the ongoing row over the Australian Grand Prix start time. In 2009, the race was switched from its usual afternoon slot to the early evening in order to better suit European time zones, but drivers now want the race started earlier because they claim there is not enough light at the end of the race as darkness falls. An FIA brightness test at this year's event supports the drivers' claims that there is insufficient light for safe racing, and with the Melbourne track unwilling to install floodlights to help the situation, it's likely next year's race will start at 16.00 local time, one hour earlier than the 2009 and 2010 editions. However, speaking to Australia's Herald Sun newspaper during the week, Ron Walker hit out at the drivers' petulance: "It's clearly not dangerous," said Walker. "You can't please these drivers, they are a bunch of lazy people who won't do anything to help the sport, except for two or three." "A lot of drivers are prima donnas. They are never happy." The only other twilight race on the calendar is the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but there the track is floodlit from start to finish in order to ensure a smooth transition from daylight to darkness. "F1 drivers are lazy, unhappy prima donnas" So says Oz GP boss Ron Walker For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... 9