cosicave said:[[ This is a direct response to Brogan's original question and takes no account of any of the responses so far, since I have not yet read them ]]
Should team orders be allowed? - Absolutely not!: What we saw today was a DISGRACE, but I want to explain why:
*1. Formula 1 is 'sold' as entertainment.
*2. Those who are being 'entertained' are largely a relatively ignorant lot who simply enjoy the spectacle of motor-racing and for the most part, pay little heed to its intricacies.
*3. This means that it is inevitable that some things may go on behind closed doors, out of the public eye, just as when one visits a theatre, one does not expect to find the actors changing into their clothes on stage in full view.
*4. The 'No Team-Orders' rule is essential for Bernie's show to remain credible with his audience.
*5. What happened today, was effectively showing the customer that he/she had bought soiled goods, well past their sell-by date.
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It is essential that this rule remains in place, and is seen to be policed properly, consistently and thoroughly, since without it, F1 loses its credibilty and ultimately its 'fan-base'.
If any team decides to do a bit of work 'behind-the-scenes', so be it; after all, we accept it in the theatre. - But to show it to the world in the manner we saw today, was as disgraceful as a dirty old man exposing himself to children.
-Utterly disgraceful and completely unacceptable…
Your point 2 is wrong. Research has been done that shows the vast majority of people at any big sporting event dont care at all about the actual event but are there for the fun, the side show, the day out. I think that figure was something like 80%. Of course there will always be people there for the sport, but thats a very small minority in fact.
This is the big point for having city races. People have another reason to go and shop.