The most wins now takes the championship

The most wins now takes the championship

Formula 1. In recent years its tedium has only been matched by its level of expenditure, but that might all change because consistent driving is not the name of the game anymore; winning at all costs is.

Of course, this also means that the title will be (at best) a 3-horse race, but at least we might see some proper racing and not just safe and tidy processions in order to preserve team points. The points system will be preserved to resolve a tie, but as long as one driver has more wins than any other at the end of the season, it’ll be a clear-cut decision.

I can’t help but think, though, that the FIA may be creating a problem for itself. Ever since Jackie Stewart first started his noble push for improved safety after his scary accident at Spa in 1966, the FIA has gradually made racing safer and safer. The unfortunate by-product of this (and aerodynamic advances) has been that racing drivers overtake less. I want to see cars which create huge slipstreams running on tyres that aren’t that grippy so that we have the level of overtaking that motorbike racing has.

Motorbike racing still has inherent danger because one crash and there’s no roll cage to protect the rider, and there’s overtaking all the time because of the different lines through the corner.

If F1 really wants to reinvent itself it needs to look to its past – not in terms of driver mortality, but in terms of creating the kinds of heroes that future generations aspire to. Heroes in those days weren’t in it for the money (because it wasn’t huge like it is today),  they were in it for the challenge and the love of it. Let’s bring back the heart and passion of motor racing.

Formula 1. In recent years its tedium has only been matched by its level of expenditure, but that might all change because consistent driving is not the name of the game anymore; winning at all costs is.

Of course, this also means that the title will be (at best) a 3-horse race, but at least we might see some proper racing and not just safe and tidy processions in order to preserve team points. The points system will be preserved to resolve a tie, but as long as one driver has more wins than any other at the end of the season, it’ll be a clear-cut decision.

I can’t help but think, though, that the FIA may be creating a problem for itself. Ever since Jackie Stewart first started his noble push for improved safety after his scary accident at Spa in 1966, the FIA has gradually made racing safer and safer. The unfortunate by-product of this (and aerodynamic advances) has been that racing drivers overtake less. I want to see cars which create huge slipstreams running on tyres that aren’t that grippy so that we have the level of overtaking that motorbike racing has.

Motorbike racing still has inherent danger because one crash and there’s no roll cage to protect the rider, and there’s overtaking all the time because of the different lines through the corner.

If F1 really wants to reinvent itself it needs to look to its past – not in terms of driver mortality, but in terms of creating the kinds of heroes that future generations aspire to. Heroes in those days weren’t in it for the money (because it wasn’t huge like it is today),  they were in it for the challenge and the love of it. Let’s bring back the heart and passion of motor racing.

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