Sunday’s disgrace at Indianapolis marked the end of F1 as we know it. The Max and Bernie show will last another year or two before the lights go out for good but rest assured the end is inevitable now. In its place will rise Grand Prix Racing (formerly known as GPWC).
Toyota, Renault, BMW, Mercedes and others will take their multi-hundred million dollar budgets and build their own sandbox. Bernie and Max will then have a new F1, likely renamed for their sole remaining team, Ferrari.
It serves them right. Other bloggers have asked if F1 is a sport or a spectacle. I answer that sport is spherical. What of Monaco - sport or spectacle? We saw one good pass the entire race (Heidfeld not Webber), the safety conditions are atrocious, yet it is the most popular GP of all.
If F1 were a only sport, the rules would be clear to all and the application of those rules uniform. Witness the rule about tire wear as but one example. Instead we have a loose set of guidelines that leave lots of room for creative interpretation – which is then capriciously rules on by Charlie Whiting. Witness BAR’s brake distribution system last season as an example of that. Instead we have something that is somewhere between Figure Skating and Pro Wrestling.
That Ferrari declined to join each and every other team in supporting running with a chicane – even with all Michelin teams willingly forfeiting all championship points is a shame. That the FOM/FIA bozos would not let them run is tragedy.
Welcome to the world of the Grand Prix Racing.
Oh yeah, like the IMSA/SCCA and ChampCar/IRL splits the biggest losers will be the fans.
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