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A (fantasy) plan for Formula 1.

November 14 2004 at 10:44 PM
IanS  (no login)

Jeremy Clarkson of The Sunday Times suggests a way to get exciting racing back into F1 by breaking the link between drivers and teams.

'Each team puts, say, £1m in a pot controlled by, let’s say . . . me. I will use this to pay a squad of 22 drivers who take it in turns to drive each car. This way Michael Schumacher races for Ferrari at the first race, Minardi the next, Jordan the next and so on.

At the end of the year the best driver wins the driver’s championship because he has made the best use of whatever machinery was made available to him. And the best team would win the team championship because their faster cars would mask the inadequacies of, say, xxx.

Formula One would still be a showcase for technical excellence. It would still be home to the best drivers in the world. But instead of it being a yawn on television, we could never guess in a million years who would win each weekend.'

Would it work ?

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Andrew H
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November 16 2004, 1:12 PM 

It assumes that each team has equal technology and adaptability to each Grand Prix circuit. This is not the case as some teams have more money than others. If there are drivers that drive, say a Ferrari, more times because of rotation, they will stand a better chance of winning the Drivers Championship.

A nice idea, but flawed. Would be fun to watch though - he has that right.

Andrew H

THere are a host of other issues here, such as how does a driver become an F1 driver if not hired by a team, but we can leave that aside.

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Jim Deady
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November 17 2004, 1:50 AM 

Put everone in a1967 Lotus 3.0 liter costworth, or the like, and make them drive the damb things!You remember driving;,a steering wheel,a shifter, clutch,brake peddle and gas to be used as you saw fit. Get rid of sand traps The huge runoffs and the "new tracks"which are no more then go cart tracks.
Put the trees back.Go back to the old monza complete with the banking use the old spa circuit,go back to the old nurburgring.And get rid of those silly slow corners.Retun to the absolute beauty of a car balanced on a knife edge of a hyper fast corner.
But, I'm afraid its lost forever and mores the pity.We wil never see their like again.The heros are gone-

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