dans79 wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:18 pm
Maybe its a cultural difference or something, because it seems like a lot of the European fans want the open wheel equivalent of NASCAR.
You know Nascar and F1 are two opposites, right? Standarizing parts in F1 doesn´t mean it will become european Nascar, there are some hundreds parts in a F1 car, standarizing 20-30 parts is light years from becoming an European Nascar
Try to make a list like you did about parts they want to standarize, but now about parts wich will be free to develop. You´ll desist when the list is about 8x the list of standarized parts.
Like everything in life, it´s about balance. Total free development and no budget cap has been proved a disaster for the sport, like CanAm proved. Standarizing eveything is a different route, the opposite route, but it´s been proved valid by many series all around the world, contrary to 100% free development wich proved the opposite. F1 standarizing some parts is only trying to guarantee its own survival and avoid same mistakes wich made CanAm collapse.
About Liberty making stupid decisions to make happy short viewers... short viewers are what sponsors want, because they make the huge numbers in viewership. If Liberty would only care about hardcore fans, audience would be a small fraction compared to what it is today, so sponsors will provide a small fraction of the money wich runs the sport, and F1 will become a minor series where development is something of the past because teams don´t have enough money
You can´t have a sport with 100% free development, current astronomic budgets, and sustainable. If first two conditions are true, like they have been for some years/decades, top teams dominate wich motivate audience numbers to go down, sponsors start reducing their money, and the sport collapse.
What Liberty is doing is not a choose, it´s mandatory for F1 to survive, like it or not