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“The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.” – Steven Weinberg
The F1 ‘brave new world’ stories roll on through their news cycles and the almost bi-weekly ‘new’ ideas proposed are like a stream of consciousness, but Formula One is no nearer than ever to finding a consensus on what its future objectives should be.
Then again, there are those who feel that not much is wrong with the current F1. Yes the 2015 Pirelli tyres are tending to produce as many one stop races as they are two stoppers, but that is a simple problem to solve and simultaneously a glimpse for everyone as to how F1 might look with Michelin as the tyre supplier.
But is F1 really broken?
Of course, if you own the commercial rights and are looking to sell the sport, then a collapse in TV numbers and race attendances is a pretty big disaster. However, there is a simple solution to those problems. Re-instate all the F1 races on free to air TV and cut the prices of admission to the races.
Both of these decisions are in the hands of Bernie Ecclestone.
Yet, the world of Sports broadcasting has moved on over the past 10 years, and Formula One now must compete in a space filled by a panacea of other sports. It may just be that Ecclestone et al will be forced to accept F1 can never recapture the viewer numbers it once had.
The latest hot topic that the F1 school of bright ideas has been debating ad nauseam has been the use of Blue Flags. Some believe by relaxing Article 20.6 of F1’s Sporting Regulations, will mean the race leaders will find it more difficult to make their way through traffic and this will add an element of excitement to the show.
“As soon as a car is caught by another car which is about to lap it during the race the driver must allow the faster driver past at the first available opportunity,” states the regulation.
“If the driver who has been caught does not allow the faster driver past, waved blue flags will be shown to indicate that he must allow the following driver to overtake.”
The race steward’s policing of this rule appears to based on a principal that means a lapped car has to have moved aside having passed no more than three marshal stations and therefore three lots of blue flags/lights.
Yet writing regularly on Formula One, I feel highly frustrated at reporting this latest enormous waste of time from the highly intelligent people who are stakeholders in the sport
Isn’t the solution to all the race related ideas seeking to tinker with the sporting regulations to sort out the aerodynamic wash the rear wings create, which makes it difficult for the cars to follow each other closely and overtake?
Then all these other suggestions become null and void.
Of course this will mean the regulations will have to be re-written to allow the designers to regain the lost down force or grip from elsewhere.
Again the solutions here are not rocket science. Broadly either ground effect can be increased or active suspension systems need to be allowed – even a combination of the two.
Unsurprisingly, on the debate about blue flags, an FIA spokesman has commented: “It has been discussed but nothing has been decided, so no changes will be implemented in the short term.”