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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Keep the gimmicks, give me racing

Last week, Bernie Ecclestone, lamenting the state of racing in F1, suggested artificial rain as a way to spice up the show. Happy to oblige its new client, Pirelli was quick to hop on board.

Granted, some of the best racing happens in the wet, when the differences between the cars close up. And last year’s brilliant title race certainly was influenced by it.

But this is just one more Mickey Mouse attempt to manipulate the show. The racing we see on the track should be pure, not some sort of video game push button madness.

To that end, here are a couple of changes I’d throw in right now:

  1. Keep the new movable wing, but make it available all the time. Not this brief window on the track determined by the stewards. No one is going to be able to follow this. Why allow technology and make its use so artificial?
  2. Get rid of this mandatory tire compound change. Change tires because they’re worn. Put on the ones that are optimal for your setup. Forcing teams to compromise their setups to accommodate tires they wouldn’t run if they weren’t required to compromises the show.
Formula 1 racing should be pure. We should be seeing teams and drivers pitted against each other based upon their skills. And the sport provides a tried and true way to keep things under control. Change the formula.

Need a good idea where to draw the line? Any time you are considering limiting something to one portion of the track, putting something in the hands of the track stewards or technology to determine, or adding an artificial element to the show, you’ve gone too far. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree. If you want to 'spice up' the show, make the fans confident that they're seeing the best racing. That requires quality teams that are free to innovate. A chance of rain will change the way they approach the race. Definite rain, or rain on demand, will either be seen as boring or a deliberate attempt to fix the outcome. Either way, it insults the fans. 'Sometimes technology', is almost as bad. The meddling has to stop.
Want to improve the racing? Take the politicians and their 'experts' out of the racing. That requires a change of attitude. And some backbone.

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