Banish three things to make F1 better instantly
Although Formula 1 is set to introduce a new set of aerodynamic regulations in 2019, PETER WINDSOR is not overly hopeful the changes will have a positive impact. Instead, he argues that the championship should make three quick fixes designed to produce immediate results
Firm believer that I am in the importance of creating a raft of new national heroes for the F1 grids of the world, I do nonetheless concede that this may take a couple of years or three.
What, then, of the short-term?
I'm not massively impressed by the new aero regs for 2019, if only because they'll inevitably be tweaked and re-tweaked by brilliant F1 engineers over the next six months to the point where...guess what? It'll still be difficult to follow another car closely. I'm still smarting, I guess, from Pat Symonds' revelation in early 2017 that F1's Strategy Group had been commissioned by Mr E to make the cars faster without any consideration at all to making them easier to drive in traffic. I can understand Bernie not really caring about any of this stuff, but why did the Strategy Group acquiesce? We're still undoing the damage...
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The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…
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