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Monday, April 7, 2014

Fan's rant: Don't build a winner, just change the rules

For years, people have asked me what I like about F1 compared to other race series. Part of the appeal has always been the politics. What goes on behind the scenes keeps it interesting.

But everything has its limit, and this weekend in Bahrain, I reached it. The continued cry to change the regulations because Mercedes did a better job than everyone else, masked in phony-baloney public outcry about the sound of the engines, is the straw that broke the camel's back.

Here are some key points all parties need to consider:

  • These rules exist in part to placate Carlos Goshn and keep Renault in F1. 
  • The new rules wooed Honda back Red Bull is supposed to have the greatest designer on the planet. Design.  
  • Stefano couldn't deliver a Red Bull beater the last for years under the last formula, either. 
  • The racing this year has been better than ever, and Bahrain may have been the best racing I have watched in my 20 years of watching the sport. 
  • No one cared about the trackside experience until it suited them, it was all about TV. So don't pretend you care about me now. 
  • The TV show is better than ever. F1 is supposed to be about cutting edge technology. 

I'll grant you one thing in the new regs truly needs to be revisited. Pastor Maldonado proved what any kid who played demolition derby with Matchbox cars already knew: you want to flip a car, get a low-nosed scooper. Yes, the new noses are ugly, they also present a predictable danger. T-boning isn't good either, so the engineers have another problem to work on.

Otherwise, shut up and get on with it. The regulations are what they are. There are no surprises here. You knew what the regulations were going to be all along. You are supposed to be the best in the world. Prove it. Don't punish one manufacturer because they did a better job.

No one likes the kid who picks up all his toys and goes home crying "No fair!"

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