F1 » Alonso: F1 in danger of becoming a lottery

Ferrari number one driver Fernando Alonso reckons F1 might be a bit too unpredictable now...

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mike - Unregistered

June 01, 2012 12:52 PM

F1 ( at 2 hours per race ) is endurance, not a sprint. So the tyre deg is not out of place. My dad ( as a life long fan of F1 ) stopped watching it 10 years ago - because it was predictable. So F1, feel free to stop smaller teams from having a chance, feel free to make the races predictable, and I'll start enjoying my Sundays elsewhere ( again! ).
This is the best start to an F1 season I can remember. Vettel was already out in front by this time last year, and it made for one helluva dull season.

kooper - Unregistered

June 01, 2012 1:49 PM

Completely just my own opinion here, but I do not think that the randomness of F1 will hold its appeal for long.
In very, very simple terms, F1 exists because someone once asked "Who is the fastest racing driver and racecar manufacturer in the world?", not "Who will the luckiest racecar driver be this weekend?".

Sure, the car and driver must both still be up to snuff before they'll be able to win in today's climate, but the variables have never been as much as now. At least not in my memory.
In order to win these days, to me it seems you don't necessarily have to be the best anymore, you just have to be good enough.
And again, yes, it is exciting. But I'm just not finding it very F1-ish I suppose.

Don - Unregistered

June 01, 2012 1:57 PM

I been an F1 fan for some time and I agree with fernando's comment, It's exiciting racing for sure, however I do find at times it's unexplainable the drop off from qualifying to race pace from every team. One driver is doing well while his teamate is struggling has become a common fact so far this season so from a spectator position I feel like the luck of the draw will be the deciding factor for championship.

Thorborg - Unregistered

June 01, 2012 2:47 PM

How funny.

If Lewis says something about it being a lottery the posters here claim it is "sour grapes".

If Alonso says it they claim that he should be quiet as he is the chief beneficiary.

Never does it occur to them that a lottery might actually get boring? Maybe it gets boring quicker for those that don't have simple minds and it will take a couple of seasons for everyone else to realise it?

Personally I am bored sick of hearing a different driver hyped up as the next big thing each week only for them to be utterly crap at the following round.

When winning appears so random there is less pleasure in seeing someone win. I don't want the old processions but I don't want it too random either.

Elite - Unregistered

June 01, 2012 2:55 PM

@Don, use live timing from the F1 site and monitor air and track temperatures and you will see a pattern where sometimes a 4 degree tack temperature change makes or breaks a top 5 result. I used to see this alot with Toyota. Also, in the race the cars actually have in more than a thimble's worth of gas, and that has the greatest impact, always has. Think back to when refuelling was allowed, the quickest laps came not when tyres were fresh, but just before the pitstop when fuel was low.

More recently when the tyre specs change from year to year, some drivers more than others take longer to adapt, especially with no seat time other than GP weekends now, that's why I think there is the discrepancy in relative performance when at the end of the previous season they were neck and neck(except Massa, he is still looking for springs flying at his head each time out). It seems rare that drivers in a given team ever have the same driving style, so one guy looks like a hero, the other a zero.

PaulW - Unregistered

June 01, 2012 3:04 PM

Alonso is correct: it is great entertainment but it's not what F1 is suppose to be about. I welcome this "breath of fresh air" competitiveness after two decades of predictability. Yet F1 must not lose sight of its reason for being. I've always had the option of switching to CART or NASCAR if I wanted more competitiveness. F1 needs to make sure it doesn't lose it's balance. Otherwise it will be no better than its North American cousins. Ease up on the car regulations to give more freedom for innovation and review the tyre situation. It is entertaining but gives the impression of being artificially created.

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