What is your opinion of the major structure changes F1 has adopted?

Discussion started by Steve Moorhouse , on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:12

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Formula 1 has announced a number of new chances to the structure of the sport, including a controversial double point system for the final Grand Prix of the season.

The decision to award double points, counting towards the drivers' and constructors' championships, at the final race of the season was made "to maximise focus on the championship until the end of the campaign,” according to a statement from the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

One argument for the change is that it reduces the possibility of a championship being settled before the final race. Perhaps unsurprisingly, current champion Sebastian Vettel is unimpressed and described the idea as “absurd.”

What do members of the iSportconnect community think of the change? Is it absurd or will the change increase viewership and make F1 more exciting?

A budget cap will also be introduced from the start of the 2015 season to take control of the spiralling finances that have occurred over the past few years. Do you agree with the cost cap and should it have been in place earlier?

Finally, a number system is to be adopted, where drivers will be able to choose any number they want from 2 to 99 and they will retain that number for the duration of their careers - The exception will be the number one, which will be awarded to the reigning world champion unless he opts to keep his original number.

So it is all change in F1. Will these changes enhance the sport and what problems do you envisage occurring because of these changes?

 

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Graham Harris
Basically, I have to agree with Tom, Stanford and Geoff! The utter nonsensical approach to giving double points in the last race of the year, especially at a track that does little of nothing to promote actual racing and overtaking makes a mockery of the earlier part of the season. If there was ever a reason for drivers to approach races like Prost and Senna did during the 80's and early 90's (remember Suzuka, twice), then this is just the formula for it. Imagine if someone is at least a "normal" race win ahead in the championship come Abu Dhabi. Usually he would arrive at the race as World Champion elect. Now he has to ensure he finishes the race with enough points to ensure that a win for his rival doesn't take him past his supposedly unassailable position and on top of that, he has to watch out from being "accidently" taken out by his rival's team mate or another allied car. Nowadays it takes a very small touch to puncture a back tyre and you are suddenly running at the back of the field, that's if you are lucky enough to have got the car back to the pits without any substantial aero damage! No FIA, tinker around with something else, give a point or two for a pole position but please don't try and "manufacture" races, especially on a track that just doesn't "do" racing or even for that matter, overtaking!
1253 days ago
 
Tom Potter
1. Double point system for the final Grand Prix of the season: inclined to agree with Seb - it seems to be an ill-thought out knee jerk reaction that risks making a mockery of the prior "Championship" season. The purpose of a Championship surely being to reward and acknowledge the consistently best driver across ALL races. A well deserving driver or even two or three that have engaged in a tense and exciting season long battle could in theory be leapfrogged by a lesser opponent in the final race which would not be satisfying for anyone to see. If you remember they previously changed the points system to place greater importance on fighting for the win at each race. Of course this back fires if one car and driver has a consistent advantage. If you want to help ensure a tight Championship to the very end reduce the points differential between finishing places. Oh...that's what they used to have!

2. Budget Cap: heard it all before. Let's see what happens in practice, but on a positive note F1 has been an increasing source of jobs during the recession AND is developing some very exciting green automotive technology far faster than any other market forces (or motorsports competition) that is starting to more than trickle down to new road cars (to suit all budgets too!). The new 2014 regs may be controversial as to the entertainment value, but they will undoubtedly accelerate the development of this technology to all our and the planet's benefit. The slight danger is we may initially see some potentially boring endurance races dominated by fuel saving tactics and or a substantial number of go-for-glory strategy non-finishers who couldn't make their 100kg of fuel last?!

3. Number system: makes sense and will no doubt make the merchandise people happy, but the car / driver numbers have really long -since become irrelevant in F1. Used well it could help some drivers to develop a more consistent and recognisable brand identity as few achieve this (and even fewer seem to try or worse completely change their crash helmet colours and design every race making themselves completely unrecognisable / faceless!). Fans will buy into stronger driver identities and so done well this should boost individual driver popularity and their merchandise revenues which have historically lagged well-behind other comparable sports and athletes.
1261 days ago
 
Stanford Crane
I call this the Vettel/Newey rule. They figure that he'll have a big lead and they hope doubling the points will give someone a chance to win the championship. As history has told us that doesn't usually make a difference. They hope to make all the later races more interesting because the teams will know they still have a shot in the last race to collect points. Obviously this helps the Yas Marina folks too.

I don't understand why points aren't paid throughout the field. Marussia and Caterham are trying really hard so give them some joy too!

My guess is that Seb, Adrian and Christian will apply another beatdown to the field and it won't amount to much.
1261 days ago
 
Geoff Bye
Well, more tinkering for the wrong reasons, who cares if the season is won before the last race, just make it worthwhile winning every race by rewarding the teams for doing so on a round by round basis, such as give them a trophy for each GP won, oh wait hang on thats whats happened since it all began.

Seriously though i'm with Vettel, it will just mean a different strategy on the penultimate race to ensure the cars are good for the higher value one, so that will be ruined.

i'm not going down the handicapping route, we've been their before and it simply doesn't work and doesn't reward being the best.

don't agree with the cost cap, its too expensive for ordinary folk to get into anyway and the costs are way beyond real world. cutting costs ultimately costs jobs in the industry, either at the team or its suppliers, and certainly stifles innovation. As i have said before, they try to cut the budget, then load 3 jumbo's to take the circus to the east and west.

my view is that the aero efficency should be reduced by banning end plates, ditch the KERS and put the min weight up, limit the amount of fuel they can have and ban fuel stops, give em a couple of barrels when they arrive at the circuit and say, that's yer lot for the race and make it just less than they need

Yes it would result in more spend on getting more out of the engines, which would be a good thing and the money will be well spent on staff and research etc.

What i'm trying to get to, is we don't want to cap spend, we want to increase spending as its good for the industry, but make the spending go in a good direction such as fuel economy, rather than ultimate speed.

not bothererd about the number retention, Moto GP do this and it just makes good marketing opportunities, Barry Sheene started this i believe with retaining his number 7 and had it in contracts etc. so no problem there, but it is really a minor sideshow to the latest mess of regulations.

Geoff
1262 days ago
 
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