F1 » 'Maybe Bernie is losing his mind a little bit...'

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has been accused of 'losing his mind a little bit' and 'making a mockery of the pinnacle of the sport' following his suggestion that artificial 'rain' might help to spice up the show...

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March 03, 2011 10:44 AM

I am becoming really concerned with the way our sport is heading. This nutter thinks artificial rain is the next answer for a spectacle. How about we go back to pure racing Bernie. Less downforce, manual gearboxes with clutches, and no drivers aides! Anyone believing in Bernies vision is not a true motorsport fan.

Alan D - Unregistered

March 03, 2011 10:51 AM

While you might think Bernie has crazy ideas, he is right that wet races are often more exciting because we see more passing attempts and more driver skill.

A couple of years back I posted here in Crash that maybe the way to get back to racing was to install sprinklers to keep the track surface damp. It reduces grip levels, calls for a much higher degree of car control, and opens up more opportunities to pass by being more skilled than the guy ahead of you. It also means you don't have a single racing line that's rubbered in and debris off line.

Maybe its not a good solution, but it shows how bad F1 is as a racing spectacle that ideas like this even get considered.

Calvin _

March 03, 2011 10:58 AM

When we get to this, I think a full review of what F1 is, is now required. The rules have been fiddled with for so long now that they are so muddled. We need clarity and transparency and this won't happen under the current rules.

Mokka - Unregistered

March 03, 2011 10:59 AM


Not the first time artificial rain has been suggested, it started in about '98 when they had the bright idea of narrowing the cars and putting grooves in the tyres thus making them completely reliant on aerodynamic grip and unable to get close enough to overtake.

At the time on Mr Villeneuve said this was the exact opposite of what they needed to do and that they should clip the cars wings and introduce larger tyres as these were naturally un-aerodynamic and would increase mechanical grip - crucial for allowing the car to move about whilst in a dynamic state, such as when out-braking another driver. Say what you want about JV but it looks like he has been proven right.
This sport sucks anyway these days - seems to be watched by nerds.

Farce 1 - Unregistered

March 03, 2011 11:03 AM

Why not get the wind machines out and have a sand storm while you're at it Bernie, after all if the drivers can't see they can't go as fast. Or turn the lights out at the night race, wouldn't that be clever.

candy ice - Unregistered

March 03, 2011 11:19 AM

Hey Bernie, why not restore the Bahrain race and change the circuit to make the cars have to race through demonstrations, tanks and machine-gun fire and full pace? In the canine world, when they get to this age and senility, they are put down as an act of mercy!

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