Formula 1 is set to make its biggest leap forward in safety since the beginning of the sport in the 1950s, after the governing body announced that, from 2012, all cars will be controlled by remote, from a special driver's enclosure in the pit-lane.

Taking inspiration from the popular scale model toy, Scalextric, all Formula One cars will be run on a series of tracks embedded into the tarmac of the circuit, and controlled by hand-held remotes (see pictures). Of course, this is F1, so it will use the very latest in slot car racing technology including lane-changers, crossovers and electronic control, allowing more than one car to run on the track at a time.

Some drivers are said to be happy with the changes - motor racing is a bit dangerous after all, and they wouldn't want to break a nail - whereas others think that this could finally spell the end of F1 racing as the pinnacle of motor sport.

One driver, who did not want to be named said: "For sure, it is good that we are constantly making these steps forward in safety and, for sure, so long as I still get my seven figure pay cheque, I'll be happy to not have to sit in that hot, uncomfy racing car. It gives me a neck ache you know? For sure."

Another F1 pilot, who also declined to be identified commented, "It's about bloody time these bloody racing drivers just shut their bloody whinging bloody mouths and got on with the bloody job of bloody drivin' bloody racing cars, mate."

It is not known for certain how the moves will affect the much-maligned 'overtaking problem' in F1 - sceptics have suggested that all the cars will end up running on the shortest of the tracks (thanks to the 'crossovers'), and the only thing that will cause any drivers to change positions will be if another has an accident. So, no change there at all then.

Environmental groups have applauded the move, saying that "switching to electricity moves Formula 1 out of the dark ages and into the 21st century."

A well-known safety campaign group has also joined in with praising the sport saying, "In a sport as high-tech as F1, it's great to see the rule-makers taking as much control away from the drivers as possible. We've known for years that humans are incapable of making their own decisions, and we hope that this leads the way towards a society in which no one is responsible for anything."

We'll bring you more details about how the changes will be instigated when we get them.

 

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