Did Bernie Call Mercedesâ€¦?
Days after I penned my post â€˜Whatâ€™s Wrong With Formula One?â€™ the 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix happened â€“ exciting, interesting, strategy defining and action packed. So un-Formula1 like! Murphyâ€™s Law, I guess.
Of course, each time we see Ferrari vs. Mercedes in the 2015 Formula1 Season doesnâ€™t mean that the sportâ€™s problems have been sorted. But this discussion is for another day. Letâ€™s sit back and rejoice when the sport has actually delivered us a sport!
Thereâ€™s been brouhaha over dropping Monza and adding Baku on the 2016 Formula1 Season calendar. I personally love Monza and believe that traditional circuits should be retained, but Bahrain is a good example of how even the newer circuits can offer some interesting races and I am not referring to 2015 alone. My point being that just cause a circuit has history and tradition doesnâ€™t mean that it will always offer interesting races. (Read: Letâ€™s Save Formula1)
In this weekâ€™s episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, I take a slightly bold stance. In this battle to â€˜saveâ€™ the sport by reducing costs and bringing in regulations to slow Mercedes down, wouldnâ€™t requesting Mercedes to slow down be the cheapest alternative? After all, they are paid to race in Formula1. Couldnâ€™t Bernie do this? Or has Bernie already done this? Weâ€™ll never know, I guess. (Read: Can Formula1 Survive Without Bernie?)
We loved the titanium skid blocks and the sparks they helped create, possibly the only â€˜artificialâ€™ addition to the sport that we approve of. However, one of our listeners actually helps us explain why sparks arenâ€™t the only reason they have been used this season. And given the sport’s love for artificial additions, I won’t be too surprised if Mr. E’s next suggestion would be to add track warmers to each circuit we go racing at!
Lastly, we tell you why weâ€™d like to be Felipe Massa, even though heâ€™s not menacingly quick as his peers. But of course, we wonder who would ever like to be Pastor Maldonado though. Tune in!
PS: The 2015 F1 Racing game seems to be fake and we tell you why!
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