F1 » Webber: F1 needs more racing and less strategy

Red Bull Racing star Mark Webber has laid out his vision for a utopian era of F1 - 'big engines and big noise', 'more racing and less strategy'...and 'more attacking and pushing cars to the edge'.

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August 17, 2011 5:22 PM

Now that the teams are getting more money from sky tv, perhaps they can bring back testing, get rid of parc ferme, allow other tyre companies in, generally encourage teams to enter and compete! Bernie may have to leave before much changes though.

Esteban - Unregistered

August 17, 2011 6:22 PM

I can't agree with bringing back refuelling, having the cars operate on both low and high fuel means that the balance of power changes throughout the race, which is infinitely more interesting than fuel pitstops. I do agree with bringing back more powerful engines, and that would be the more environmentally friendly thing to do as well - pushing the limits of efficiency!

@blzbub, F1 will lose money though going to Sky, full stop. You'd have to be a mad, ancient, troll-like entity to believe otherwise...


August 17, 2011 7:11 PM

@Easterbunny . . . Next year sponsers will have brand exposure simultaneously on the BBC platforms and SKY for 50 percent of the races, you are getting F1 confused with fans of F1!

ferret .

August 17, 2011 7:55 PM

Very well said mark Webber, good to see to see he remembers racing as it should be!
Ban pit radio and use pit boards only!
Take away the computers that make the car too high tech and expensive, also have a standard steering wheel.
make the sport exciting and competetive, and then you may get more teams in to as the sport will be more cost effective.
I was born in 1974 so remember f1 in the late 1970's onwards! Great days!

Esteban - Unregistered

August 17, 2011 8:34 PM

@blzbub That it is shown on Sky is an irrelevance, as anybody who will have access to it will also have had access to the BBC, hence there will be no added exposure. The key point is that most people will not have Sky Sports, and only half the races will be shown on the BBC, which is a significant loss of exposure. Then there are the unknown factors, such as whether fans will stick with a sport they can only watch half of, whether casual viewer awareness will drop when the frequency of BBC coverage is so much less, whether the BBC will lose much of its production team, and whether the Sky coverage will be any good.


August 17, 2011 8:40 PM

Eddie agree, mark is showing his age, when one gets older one tends to show his age but that doesn't mean what he said is wrong.
Although strategy was and will always be a part of FI racing it has been driven to be the number one dependent for race wins.
Farret at 37 you are still young.

Dale - Unregistered

August 17, 2011 10:02 PM

F1 rules have favoured different skills & innovations over the years, & all the drivers can do is compete under those conditions.

The last decade has favoured outright speed, so guys like Prost would probably not have been so successful - until this year maybe. Mansell would probably have struggled under current regulations.

Car performance is now far more dependent on aerodynamics, but at times in the past engine power has been the key factor, & at other times the tyres were the determining factor in who won more often.

Unfortunately though, the driver is playing a smaller & smaller role in the equation.

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