Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by Greenlantern101, Apr 6, 2018.
Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix to return at Zandvoort from 2020
I want to go
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Now its vital that Herman Tilke is able to carry out a complete review of the circuit to ensure that any fast challenging sections are removed immediately and replaced with long straights into slow corners to promote overtaking.
Germany, Mexico and Spain are all under threat
They are all good tracks at countries that have drivers in F1. They should probably look elsewhere for cuts....or.....
Alas, no more, something has fundamentally gone wrong if they've lost me as an ardent viewer, I couldn't point to one single thing that has made me reach this point, I think it is a cumulative thing, also and I don't know if this has had an effect but now you can record it in full glorious HD (yes, yes, I remember VHS....) and watch it at your own leisure, or avoid social media until an hour after the race when the full replay starts on Sky, has had an effect on the "live" audience.
The thrill has gone.
I would get a rush as the red lights went out (or went green in the old days) but the excitement has been drained out of the weekend.
The rush of cars to the first corner with the bumping and banging has been taken away because drivers are now handed a penalty for causing an 'avoidable accident'
Driver error is negated by running harmlessly over a 100 yards of tarmac before safely rejoining and in most cases hardly losing a few 10ths let alone a place.
In almost every race 90 percent of the grid or more are guaranteed to cross the line at the end of the race.
The top 6 at the start are generally the top 6 at the end with a marginally different order if we are lucky.
It is sterile, boring and lifeless.
Today I am wondering if this was just an isolated case of insanity, or it is begging of the end for me. I've always feared that day, not knowing how I will take it, but now I think it was not all that bad. Fact is, I miss Mr. M. Walker, I am insulted by that knowing all group on the tube which is judging drivers without having any data or facts. The endless wars in so called "media" who is God and who is low life is not helping. I am sick of it, and Liberty and their website is not helping either. In fact, I have not renewed my membership which I had for a while. I must be getting old, miserable geezer, as they say.
With Holland and Vietnam arriving next year and the teams already signed up to a calendar being no bigger than the current size, someone has to go.
Abu Dhabi and Bahrain - plenty of money so aint going to cancel those
China - they want a second race plus Japan and Shanghai are always popular The night race is a good addition to F1
USA/ Canada - North American market plus Carey wants a second US race to expand that
this leaves the European races
Monaco will not go because of its prestige and history with F1 so that leaves all the other European races
Baku - ??
Russia - Don't really care because all the race is about is to massage Putin's ego
The rest are then under threat
I can't see the current style of circuit, wherever it is, working for F1 cars as they are today. The difference between cornering speeds and top speeds has dramatically reduced, unlike brakes technology and car reliability - hence there's just a minimal braking zone left to overtake. Reducing the quality of the brakes would help but I doubt it will happen. We are reduced to cheering DRS overtakes on 1.5km straights. UGH.
On the other hand, the coverage is amazing. Woooo look at that slo-mo, check out the helicopter zoom, see that again with in-depth analysis. It genuinely makes the show better, and a good thing too. Can you imagine the coverage from the 70s and 80s with the racing from today?? Jesus in a Jordan it doesn't bear thinking about.
There is something still to be thankful for, and we have a great crop of drivers; there's always hope. I don't quite know what for though, and wait with interest.
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