F1 » Berger calls for single-seater reform

Gerhard Berger says the single-seater ladder needs to be reformed to ensure the best drivers are able to shine

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August 14, 2012 9:51 PM
Last Edited 5 days ago

I sincerely hope your answer to the problem is not to go into partnership with the Beamers and create said formula 4

He does make a point though, there needs to be some kind of structured progression instead of the FIA just granting the licence to any series that stumps ups the cash!

A concise clear progression path through FIA endorsed events through to F1 would be great.
Sure let progression happen from everywhere, but produce a package as a whole, include GP2, run at F1 tracks with the F1 calendar.
This may also improve the show and give young seedlings not yet at GP2 level a chance to race in front on thousands instead of tens....bet that would make low level sponsorship a much more attractive prospect an save mum an dad 700k!!!!!!!! which is just plain ridiculous and as a father of 2 boys a real shame.
Just my 2 cents though

SHAKEN - Unregistered

August 15, 2012 12:01 AM

I had no idea there this many, only thought there was GP2, though I know there was F3 and Formula 3000 before. If there are this many and racers with them, it shows there must be no shortage of money. Recession, what recession???


August 15, 2012 2:18 AM
Last Edited 11 days ago

Have they ever considered running a second division in F1 (like in football). That way they could get rid of HRT and Marrusia from the Div 1 grid and at the same time provide an exciting Second Division (racing on the same weekends). It would hopefully encourage more lower budget operations into the glamour of F1, and provide an opportunity for younger drivers to get F1 experience earlier.

David Chaste - Unregistered

August 15, 2012 3:03 AM

I can't consider myself an expert as he is, just a keen fan. But in marketing doesn't competition drive the price of goods down.

So having those different series actually helps bring their prices down. If there was one type of formula and only one type of car, too many young drivers would be competing for the same seats and the richest kids will win out.

That will be counter productive, since the best drivers will not be seen but the richest ones. As far as I see it

David Chaste - Unregistered

August 15, 2012 3:18 AM

But I think he is being a bit narrow minded here. Sure most youngsters in the lower formula are aspiring to formula 1, but the majority of them do not make it to formula 1. So the different lower formula do not only feed formula 1. There's indycar, WTCC, BTCC, SuperV8, lemans, FIA GT, GrandAm, Porsche supercup, and others.

I think less than 1 out of every 4 drivers in lower single-seater formulas go to F1. So the open formulas can't just focus on F1.

Focusing on F1 can be a dead end, because the sport only welcomes about 3-4 newcomers a year.


August 15, 2012 4:08 AM

He has a very good point, I always consider GP2 as the main feeder series and still find it strange seeing people come from another feeder series into Formula 1.

It looks like one big mess at the moment and it needs cleaning up. Bringing driver up from junior categories up to GP2 will give you a better indication who the real talent is.


August 15, 2012 2:59 PM

Young talented drivers are spotted in all the series now. Fewer series means more competition for the seats and the less well-financed drivers will lose out, period. It would be nice if a formula's tech specs were universally applied, that is a good idea.

LJ - Unregistered

August 15, 2012 4:45 PM

I agree there are plenty of formulas and I don't think it encourages support for upcoming drivers because you aren't sure where they are coming from. However, I'm not sure a proper structured system would work any better since much of it revolves around how much money a driver can bring with him and then how talented they are.

It's only a few teams who actually make decisions based on the drivers talent first and money secondly.

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