|Ferrari vs. Mclaren-Mercedes.|
What else is on?
But not anymore. FIA rules, car configurations, engine restrictions, and rivalries have all changed so much, that F1 has been turned upside down. Aside from the pit girls, and maybe the exploding champagne, everything else has been altered as a result of regulation changes. Since it started out in 1950, Formula 1 has been all about evolution; subtle aerodynamic changes from year to year, a new race track once every 10 years, and the very occasional new team. Today, F1 is about revolution, and it's occurring each year, so try your best to not fall behind.
|It took Schumacher 7 Championships|
to get tired of spraying champagne.
So Mr. Ecclestone, in an attempt to juice up Formula 1, decided to address F1's most criticized issue. Namely, the lack of overtaking. Fans said if they fancied watching a group of cars blast down a track in an orderly fashion they may as well drive down to their local egg shaped race track and watch a few far american saloons turn left for a while. And bonus, a Nascar ticket is a hell of a lot cheaper than a ticket to the grandstands right in front pit lane at the Grand Prix of Rio de Janeiro. So Bernie did what Bernie had to do. He banned traction control and introduced a version of NOS boost to a range of teams. Officially two boost systems exist, KERS and DRS, but for right now I'll refrain from explaining how both systems work. Bernie then then walked over to pit lane and told the teams that they were only allowed to change engines every few races, and that the V10 engines were now to be replaced by high revving lighter and louder V8 engines, which coincidentally also bear greater potential of blowing up in a spectacular fashion.
All of this he hoped would have fans swarming back to F1. Bernie imagined all sunday afternoon TV watchers to change from PGA golf over to F1 to watch the traction control less and boost equipped cars blow up while flying backwards through the first chicane at 350km/h. Surprisingly, his plan didn't work. The faulty KERS systems, the lack of dramatically exploding engines, and the still timid driver's grid had viewers quickly change back over to Ernie Els putting for par on Augusta's back nine.
|Rosberg, Hamilton, Vettel. Winning.|
This article has been inspired by a good friend and Alexotics fan, Thomas Sikora, who reminded me that F1 is has once again established itself as the greatest motoring championship in the world. Expect more F1 updates, predictions, and opinion pieces to come as I try and stay on top of the 2011 season.
Tune in Sunday the 8th of May to catch the Turkish Grand Prix. Do I know who will win? Not a clue. Am I excited to watch? You bet I am.
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