Brought to you by TheJudge13 contributor GregP
As a youngster I was naturally attracted to cars. In the mid seventies my dad took me to Kyalami, there was a GP taking place and we went to watch practice. I had never heard of or seen any F1 prior to this visit[ no TV or Internet].
We arrived at the track, parked the car and walked straight into the pits. The sight and sound of the cars absolutely blew me away! Watching the drivers blast out of the pits [no speed limit then] and then come flying down the main straight, braking and changing down for Crowthorne, I was both terrified and excited. When the car returned to the pits everyone made their way to the relevant box.
The driver climbed out and people stared at this superhuman with little regard for his own life. Needless to say I have been hooked ever since. My favourite time has been from then through to May 1994. I loved the innovation from men initially in a barn and later in purpose built factories.
That period brought out more genius and greats than present times. Nicki Lauda, Colin Chapman, Gordon Murray, Harvey Postlethwaite, Ken Tyrrel, Sir Frank Williams, Ayrton Senna, Gilles Villeneuve the list goes on and all still recognised.
I have also watched F1 change, not more dramatically as now. One thing I have noticed in all 4 wheel racing is that as soon as the car manufacturers arrive the privateers are squeezed out and the entertainment factor is killed with bucket loads of money being thrown at the cars for a gain of a fraction of a second. Once the manufacturer has won a couple of titles they pack up and go.
I understand technical advancement is vital and inevitable however I don’t believe F1 should be a test bed for road cars. It must remain a prototype series with teams inventing stuff again, not a bucket of money doing the inventing. Introduce car manufacturers to GP2 or the new F2 series and it to will become garbage.
I don’t like all the buttons on the steering wheel, I see them as driver aids which I thought were banned. I don’t like the radio coaching either, I grew up watching drivers have problems mid race and then trying to drive around the problem.
I understand the complications of a rival series but I think F1 has to die in order to re-emerge as the leading formula of motor sport. The powers that be are just treading water and this is evident from their decision to hand over their power to the car manufacturers. If F1 is handed back to the privateers there wont be a need for cost caps because you wont have Mercedes out spending Honda to sell more cars on Monday.
Those are some of my thoughts I’m sure you can expand on them.
One point to ponder… What do you think John Force would say if the NHRA said to him “John as of 2016 we will be running 1.5 turbo motors with some electric motors and a pile of batteries”