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Ferrari duo bemoans modern driving task

Ferrari’s racing duo has bemoaned the increasingly complex task of driving a formula one car.

With cockpits already featuring numerous buttons, displays, lights, switches and levers, the drivers’ task will be further complicated in 2011.

Among the new regulations is the return of KERS, requiring drivers to prepare and deploy the energy boost, and an adjustable rear wing that can be triggered for overtaking when a cockpit light shines.

“Without realising it, we’re losing the focus on driving,” said Fernando Alonso last week at the Italian team’s media getaway.

Also in the Italian Dolomites, his teammate Felipe Massa agreed: “We have so many things to do on the steering wheel but we still need to drive the car.

“We can do it, but from a driver’s point of view it’s not fantastic.”