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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Mark _

June 01, 2012 3:35 PM

Now that F1 is less predictable than Indycar it has lost some of it's charm. Back when Schumacher was dominating if someone passed him or beat him you knew that something really special had just happened. Now when a top driver gets passed it is not special at all.

richard

June 01, 2012 3:52 PM

mark. i have always been of the same opinion....and gotten criticised for it!

when a driver/team is on top of his game and winning all the time, i find it is interesting to see if he can be beaten by an interloper. it is always up to the others to catch up, and watching that, is one of the main interests to me. any dominant combo WILL eventually be beaten and a new order will prevail.
this new set of rules etc which has allowed a backmarker win a race, is interersting, but is it factual?
nobody would ever have considered that maldonado would win a race, or even podium, but he has. on merit?? i doubt it, so alonso is basically right.

Guitarman - Unregistered

June 01, 2012 4:01 PM

There's always a contradiction between keeping F1 as a sport for the knowledgeable enthusiast, and providing a spectacle for the 'punter'. With the vast sums of money needed to keep F1 going nowadays, it seems inevitable that the needs of public entertainment will prevail. Has Bernie become the Simon Cowell of motor racing?

Rico - Unregistered

June 01, 2012 4:04 PM

I think they call it racing. In American football there's a cliche which reads, "On any given Sunday" it means that at the professional level of a given sport, with all things being equal, anyone has the ability to achieve victory. For decades, a point of contention in the paddock was that some drivers of lesser equipment, given the opportunity to drive competitive equipment would produce as successful results as those recognized as "most talented".

Even as a fan of McLarean, I'd expressed prior to this season the uptick at Mercedes would mark the ressurgence of Mr. Schumacher, even though many within his own camp began to question his resolve. While his is obviously one of, if not, the "most talented" of all time, even he has struggled with erratic equipment.

I disagree that having multiple contenders or those from the "lesser" ranks would ruin the integrity of the sport. If in fact the floor is equal, then only true talent would reign as the diffentiator.

Texas Roadhouse

June 01, 2012 4:24 PM

Listen to him - he's right. In the past (80's), when there were more winners over a season, quite often, there were good reasons for this - usually teams developing their cars - which is what F1 should be about, as the pinnacle of excellence in engineering and driving.

The inconsistency of the tyres can render development work totally meaningless - and thus results can become quite literally a lottery. The "fans" might like it, for now. True enthusiasts, though, not so much.

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 01, 2012 5:38 PM

there is no room for development. The regs are so tight the only options are already used. Hence why the cars are nearly identical. Outside of few aero pieces.

107SS2009

June 01, 2012 5:39 PM

The FIA regulations have totally restricted engineering creativity the result of which is making the cars increasingly similar, what is supposed to be the pinnacle of the sports is becoming more and more like GP2.
I know of the saying that no part of the cow goes to waste so I except that there will be deferent opinion as to the way the racing is evolving now a days but I maintain that FI racing as is not/cannot be called the pinnacle of the sports any more where the best driver/team/car is supposed to win a race.
And bravo Alonso/Webber/Button for saying it like it is.

diamput - Unregistered

June 01, 2012 5:55 PM

...Because there are no best driver nowadays, fred!
Everyone is good...just don't get much chance as you are!
And the lady of fortune have been opening the opportunity windows!
Who's the one smarter, he's the winner!

Droog

June 01, 2012 5:57 PM

But..
The reason that the top teams have not been consistently successful this year has not been ALL about the Tyres.
IMHO, the main reason has been inconsistent pit stops and misguided strategy calls.
The main victim this season has been Macca, whose pitiful pitstop performance has cost Lulu dearly, but none of the top runners have been immune.
And as Damon Hill pointed out sometime over the Monaco weekend when talking about his father's days in F1, nursing the car has always been a big part of the skillset required to be a successful F1 driver.
Back then it was engine/gearbox, now it's tyres.
So what.
The fact remains that the real top teams are always going to be in the running to win any race, it just depends on if they manage to get the WHOLE package right. Driver/reliability/pitstops/tyres/strategy.
The one thing that really has changed this year is the absolute necessity of getting every single one right instead of being able to get by with a misstep or two.

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