AndreaModa wrote:It pisses me off no end. Just like Enoch said in his editorial comment piece on Schumacher recently, the tyres have introduced the complex strategic element back into F1, something that Maldonado carried out perfectly yesterday. If the drivers can't deal with it then why are they in F1? It's rewarding the intelligent, calculating drivers and producing some excellent racing. Even without all the passing elsewhere in the race yesterday, I would still say for the battle up front alone it was a very good race, regardless of whether it was a Williams in the hunt for the win or not. Two drivers, on the edge of performance, going at it for the victory in two vastly different cars. I can't see what there is to complain about!
Yes, here we are again. People complaining about the state of F1. From ever since I can remember people complain about the state of F1. Be it the lack of sponsors, the new rules that don't work like back in the days, or that there aren't many good teams in the sport or that the sport needs more professional outfits or that it has too much manufacturers and went too much professional, we moan and complain.
Last year, the same guy won everything on his sight. He was clearly the best and his package was crushingly dominant: "It is always the same who wins, no one else can get a result", "Today is only about the cars and not about the drivers", "There is too much emphasis on aero and not enough overtakes", "The sport is dull", "The cars are too spread out in terms of pace", etc.
This year, we had 5 different winners from 5 different teams, only 2 of them from pole and the championship is tight as it can be: "F1 is a lottery, people don't understand the tyres", "The best teams can't string two weekends in a row at the top", "Drivers can't drive at 100% all the time", "F1 is entertaining, but now feels artificial", "There are too much gimmicks these days", "Too much people are winning these days, therefore rendering a race victory ordinary. F1 needs its niche of special drivers at the top" (yep, I've read this one elsewhere in the Net), etc.
I have said it before and will say again. There is nothing wrong in improving our sport, but seriously, we need to get a grip. So much complaining and whinging (of the kind that makes Mansell proud) cannot be good to promote our sport. And this is if we want it, because I am pretty sure that now we complain that we can't get enough cash and people outside hardcore fans can't give a damn, but if it was the other way around we would complain about how mainstream the sport was and that all the racing tradition went down the drain. Or something else, but we would complain anyway.
Evolution made the cars more sophisticated and complex with many performance differentiators. Quite frankly, an open formula would be madness. Spiralling costs and safety issues would arise. Long are the days now where the cars were tubes with only the engines to blame for performance gaps. We should try to promote good racing while doing exactly that, racing. Raikkonen wasn't too much off the mark with that refuelling ban being a key factor in today's races. "Refuelling makes the cars sprint to the finish line and only overtake on the pit-lane without much sense of strategy". "Now that refuelling is gone, the cars and tyres must be nursed until the finish line making this endurance racing".
Anyway, must stop complaining about the complaints.