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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June 01, 2012 10:45 PM

F1 is a team sport that starts at the development stage of the car, it then includes the investors and sponsors who provide the money, all those that work at the main factory and it's subcontractors to produce the complete car, then you have the team at the track who run the cars, the strategists and the decision makers, the tyre and fuel suppliers and of course the driver.

Every one in that chain has to perform to a certain level to get the driver on to the top step of the podium. Throw into that mix a certain number of variables such as weather, the odd bit of bad or good luck, tyre degradation and you have a racing series that people love or hate, talk about and even rant and argue but ultimately you have entertainment.

It is not a given that the best driver will win a particular race or indeed the championship, but usually the best combination of all of the above will be in with a shout at the end of the season...


June 01, 2012 10:47 PM

...who can say with complete certainty that the best driver has at any or all times won a particular race or the F1 championship, no one can with certainty!

If you want an F1 championship where you can be almost certain that the best driver in any given year wins the championship then you must turn it into a one make series where all the cars are prepared for each race by a single supplier, drivers are then assigned a car from that pool randomly for each race, no setup allowed by the driver's team, pitstops to be completed at certain intervals within a pit window with timed stops with cars stationary for a predetermined period to eliminate gaining any advantage during stops.

Is that the sort of F1 you want, no thank you not for me, I'll stick with what weve got and enjoy the uncertainty - tyres, teams, drivers and all!

Mark _

June 02, 2012 12:21 AM

@jfc1 - If passing that is due to DRS or a drastic drop in performance is entertaining for you that is great. I prefer passing that is due to skill and nerve. To me the situation now would be like if the size of the goal in soccer/football were increased to make it easier to score.

Fanie - Unregistered

June 02, 2012 6:42 AM

NO Lottery Here!!!
This championship must be framed by a record number of World Champions in the field, some rookies that have been outstanding in feeder series, a few manufacturers that have been improving over the past few years thrown together with the tyre mandate and no refuelling!

On top of that the qualifying "lottery" is actually who does the best on the day. Witness Monaco, the top 10 covered by 1 second and the top 16 by seconds!!!
When did that last happen?

Reality is the margins are tight and the field is good.
I think Alonso is on top via best consistency. Mark & Nico are the only non-champs in the Top 7.
Where is the lottery in all that????

Manxie - Unregistered

June 02, 2012 8:24 AM

Mark, u r spot on! Kers & DRS r spoiling F1, just as much as enhancing the core elements of football i.e. Goals. For a few laps at Monaco, KR was under pressure from MS, going wide into corners, making small mistakes due to being harassed. That is tacing, no frills, just one guy being faster than another. Pitty that that track is not for overtaking! Get rid of those gimmiks, bring back refuelling....the tyres will then be less of an issue due to lighter cars and different stratgies?!

mishmosh - Unregistered

June 02, 2012 12:34 PM

You notice it's so far the drivers that won regularly in past whine coz they don't like change coz they are unwilling to change or adapt.**** going back to teams with biggest budgets and cheating like telling Sauber to get **** out of the way or lose engines.

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