In the past few years, the spectacle of Formula One has started to fade away in terms of racing. The sport is becoming competitive in terms of the points table but the on-track action has started to decline steadily. The new regulations introduced for 2017 do not guarantee close racing but instead it is predicted that overtaking will reduce massively since the cars will go faster on the corners.
All that the fans want is close and competitive racing, which has not been seen on a regular basis for quite some time. Since the sport has become more technical, the work of the driver in terms of pure racing has reduced significantly. To resolve this issue, I have an idea which may be regarded by many, if executed in the proper manner.
In my opinion, private teams should buy chassis from the factory teams and then work on the car’s aerodynamics and external technicalities. This will reduce the cost required to run a Formula One team which will benefit the private teams and will result in more of them. In turn, this will also be a lucrative business for several manufacturers.
If executed properly like rival series MotoGP, the racing will be on a much level pegging field as several teams would use similar cars and power units which will reduce the technical advantage for the teams. The work of the driver would increase but they would definitely enjoy competing against others on the track more regularly as that is what Formula One is all about.
MotoGP has executed this system perfectly and the results are for all to see. Last season, 9 different riders, 2 of which were riders competing for private teams won Grand Prix across the 18-race calendar. This just shows how competitive MotoGP is both, on the track and also in the points table.
Speaking technically, the ideal Formula One car should be more manual than automatic because the difference produced by the technologies of each team is massive. An example of this is the recent Red Bull and Mercedes domination. From 2010 to 2013, Red Bull technically outperformed all other teams and the drivers’ work was limited in terms of beating drivers from other teams. The same applies for the Mercedes domination between the years 2014 to 2016.
Hopefully, this idea will be executed as it will not only promise us more contentious racing, but will also attract several private and factory teams, leading to more cars on the grid. Formula One is gradually plunging downhill and the only thing that can save it is less technicalities and more straightforward, ruthless racing, just like back in the ’80s.
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