One of the fundamentals of a great sporting spectacle is making it as easy as possible for your fans to follow what's happening. So why does Formula 1 consistently fail to grasp this?
That opening statement could be used as a launchpad for a critique of any number of facets of grand prix racing, but the topic at hand is arguably one of the most straightforward to solve, one that doesn't involve complicated technical implications and expensive changes to the car.
Simply make it easier to differentiate between team-mates while watching either at the circuit or on television. It's not difficult; it's not expensive. All it requires is the will to make some minor cosmetic changes.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.