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Old 8th March 2005, 13:54   #16
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It's amazing how rules are being thought of to try and artificially create mixed grids and different winners. This is NOT what Formula one is about. F1 is about striving for the best, without any compromises, not hoping it will rain in one session of qualifying so that a slow car can mak it up the grid and a world champion starts at the back, thus supposedly added to the "entertainment" factor.
when there's 1 team wanting to win at ANY cost.. what else do u expect ?
thats been Ferrari's thinking from 1996 onwards
i mean how can u make for exciting racing then ?

i'm all for the new rules.. because they'r different
it gives other drivers to push more than others in qualifying ( and not conserve tyres )..thus mixing the grid up
melbourne already had more overtaking than in 2004 ( anyone thought about that ?)
is anyone thinking about alonso's stunning drive ? or barrichelo's for that matter ?
how about red bull being right up there ?
how about the the possibility of a 3 way battle for the championship betwen Ferrari Renault & McLaren ? when was the last time we had that !!!??
i really dont get what the complaining is about...

the rain is the reason for the mixed up qualifying grid.. not anything else
that possibility will always exist in single lap qualifying ( as compared to the 12 laps qualifying of the past.. but we know we cant have that for the simple reason that no one wud get out on track for the 1st 20 mins and the smaller teams wudnt get their fair share of sponsor exposure )
sure their are 'loopholes'... that BAR have exploited and i'm sure the FIA will look into them in the near future..

inspite of jarno blistering his rear tyre and not being able to maintain the sme pace as his 1st stint.. i thoroughly enjoyed the race.. and cannot wait for malaysia !
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Old 8th March 2005, 15:52   #17
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hatari. Formula 1 or any other racing for that matter, is supposed to be sport first, entertainment value second.

The last few years have seen people in high places panic because they feel a single team/driver winning all the time would affect television ratings. Hence, they decide to mix it up a bit and add a bit of "masala" to the sport. It's not purely about the best driver/team winning anymore. Now its more about who got a clean run before it rains. Who's engine blew up and was pushed 10 places back on the grid.

If that is the way you would like to see new winners emerge, thats your preference. Thats not what I would like to see.

Look, F1 is the ultimate. Its what drivers strive for and where designers want to show of their skills. If a good race is judged only by the number of overtaking moves that take place, NASCAR would be the most enjoyable sport on the planet. But its not.
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Old 8th March 2005, 17:31   #18
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The rule changes are particularly targetted towards the safety of the sport and the continuity of the sport. It is to ensure that cost of running teams are lowered. Because of this, we still have 10 teams. If there is anything less that 10 teams, F1 would not be popular, teams would have to run three cars, thus increasing more cost.
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Formula 1 or any other racing for that matter, is supposed to be sport first, entertainment value second.
i cudnt agree more Rtech..
thats the reason enzo ferrari started producing cars.. so it cud fuel his passion for racing
but the only problem is u cant stop any sport from beng commercialised
F1 expenditure is around $2.8 billion yearly ( all teams )
and they want results..
Renault have made it clear that if they cant (afford to) win in F1 they will pull the plug
F1 now is justified by car sales the world over

the reason the FIAis pushing for cost cutting is so that teams like ferrari cant outspend their way to victory
they want a more balanced sport
..i'm all for that
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I'm glad there is somebody out there who thinks F1 is staged. It took a lot of alcohol to convince my friends about the same last weekend.

And I'm good at it too, 3 days before the race I had predicted Fishichella would win the race, and Alonso would be in top 5.
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i am watching F1 for last 7 years and this is the most disgusting year.it is ok for people who dont know the sport.not for hardcore fans.Schumi SR and Kimi were like .5 of a sec appart and not a single significant go at overtaking.Rben's and Alonso all made places in the pit strategy and running fast when no one was around and not by overtaking.one set of tyres per race rule is used to encourage racing towards the end of race and meriting the driver who can save the tyres.then the 2 race engine rule just stops that, racing at end of the race.i think Renault is going too mad about it.i say if the rain was not there(right at the wrong time,when all fast runners were comming out) Fischella would never have won the race(or qualified first).maybe mclaren or ferrari.also the qualifying system is a mockery of racing.if u have even a 1 sec gap between first and second it is assumed pole is taken(only not possible when rain god is happy or driver makes a huge mistake).i am really dissapointed.....

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The rule changes are particularly targetted towards the safety of the sport and the continuity of the sport. It is to ensure that cost of running teams are lowered. Because of this, we still have 10 teams. If there is anything less that 10 teams, F1 would not be popular, teams would have to run three cars, thus increasing more cost.
According to the FIA, the rule changes were introduced to slow the car down. This is supposed to increase safety. Although this was a good initiative, i think that Mosley has gone overboard. The aerodynamic changes are fine. But i disagree with the one set of tyre rule. This has just taken the sport out of F1. As we saw in AUS there was hardly any overtaking, drivers were driving far from 100% in order to preserve tyres. In addition, according to some drivers the cars now feel nervous when they are running about a second behind another car due to the aero changes. I wouldn't call this additonal safety.

As for the cost-cutting, it is obvious that there is strong conflict between the teams for justifiable reasons. I find it absolutely ridiculous that dying teams like Jordan and Minardi have to pay Ferrari (with one of the biggest budgets) for their 'historical contribution' to F1.

All in all, the new rules are a total failure based on what we have seen so far!!
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Apparently DC has the same opinion as most of us when it comes to the new rules:

"I was lucky with the weather. There is no skill involved in when your slot comes up. This is supposed to be a technical challenge, a driver challenge. Doing it this way, you may as well have pulled grid positions from a hat. That's not competition. I think it's ****. It's not what the sport stands for."

Its good to see DC speaking his mind. You would never have seen him talking like this when he was with Mclaren.
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