mini696 wrote:[quote="ConceptualWho knows? Its great to see "outside-the-Ferrari-box" stuff however. Innovation of any sort in F1 is what keeps me watching. To be honest, I can care less who wins. I am much more interested in the innovation and technology than the WCC or the WDC.
F1 is about the technology, not the racing... A lot of the bigwigs always say, if you want to see "motor racing"
you have Nascar, Indy, GP2, any spec series really... If you want to see "technology racing"
Can't come to grips with these quotes. I have a couple years of university Mechanical Engineering background and many years of hands-on wrenching/go-fering on everything from top fuel dragsters to my modified 200SX, so I appreciate and enjoy 100% of the technical element (and understand about 25% of it!) but I fear for F1's long-term health in today's commercial climate if we must depend on large audiences to tune in to watch "technology racing." Like it or not, the sport as we know it will change radically if audiences drop. And I don't think audiences will stay at high levels in the long term if we expect them to watch a competition between wings and pneumatic valve springs.
I think the "bigwigs" referred to are rationalizing. Yes, those of us who read and contribute to forums like this one enjoy the technical aspects of auto racing, but 9-figure F1 budgets are meant to attract and impress the masses. And the masses don't know a polar moment of inertia from a polar bear - and care less
. They want spectacle and HUMAN competition. We appreciate the contributions of Newey, Coughlin, Baldiserri, Brawn and their ilk, but they and their contributions are invisible to the public. They want to see Kimi and Hamilton going wheel to wheel and they don't care if those wheels are pressed steel or forged iridium.
IMHO, the sport we love would be in better long-term health (in terms of continuing sponsor financial support) by returning to earlier decades when cars were simpler and there were many more names and personalities behind the wheel. Who do have now who can compare with James Hunt, Gilles Villeneuve, Dan Gurney, Graham Hill, etc? (BUT I do NOT want to see the lack of safety that was rampant in that earlier era.)
Enzo Ferrari was a great man. But he was not a good man. -- Phil Hill