June 24, 2014
2014 Austrian GP: Let them race!
It was nice to see F1 on a track with few corners and actual gravel traps. A track that seemed to reward the better breakers but punished those who overdrove the cars. It was interesting to see the FIA enforce track limit rules rationally for once and, as current F1 races go, it was not too bad.
But am I the only one who's had it up to here of drivers having to ask for permission to race from their engineers?
I have been F1 biggest fan and its biggest apologist, but at a time when we have drivers of the caliber of Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, the last thing I want to hear is a racing version of NASA's Mission control telling them they can push for 1.5 laps before their left front brake temperature climbs 12 degrees beyond range.
"...You have 2 laps with the boost Checo, use it wisely" don't spend it all at once, reminds me of that scene in Trading Places.
And let's not even get into warnings about too much rear wheelspin... god forbid some of this happened!
Yes I get it, it's really about the quest for perfection but perfection is the most boring thing in the world. Why do fans still idolize Gilles Villeneuve, a driver who never won a championship and crashed most of the time? Because he never gave in and would drive on three wheels if one came off.
In Austria instead we saw Red Bull choose to retire Vettel's car to save parts and penalty points. It may have been the most rational thing to do but fans were deprived of watching a 4 time champion try to fight his way back into the points. It's sad.
Before the Canadian GP, BBC's 5 Live Chequered Flag podcast had a very interesting interview with Fernando where, among other things, he put his finger on precisely the biggest issue with the current cars, that you can't push consistently.
If racing drivers don't like it, it's no wonder fans are not thrilled, despite what you may read in the cheerleading press.
Of course, Rosberg has no problems with this state of affairs because it's working out for him this year, but c'mon enough of this Formula Management guys, let's bring back Formula Balls
Let them race!