Has Formula1 shot itself in its foot? In the desire to let the sport remain technically challenging and out-of-reach of the common man (read: exclusive) Formula1 seems to have forgotten two key factors. First, it needs to be and have fun. Second, it needs to be a sustainable business for all stakeholders involved.
The first factor can be highly debated for the 2014 Formula1 Season. The season started with cries of the meek engine sounds followed by the unfair double points race at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The pace differential between Mercedes and the rest is down to the superior engineering by the German squad, but I don’t think that the fans would care as much. (Read: Engine No-ise)
Decoding the issues and the solution for the second factor (the business of the sport) is as complex as the hybrid power trains (MGU-what?) used this year, if not more. The costs are easy to put down in an excel sheet, but try estimating the annual earnings of a Formula1 team and you might not get too far with official figures. (Read: Can F1 Survive Without Bernie?)
I won’t waste much time trying to decode this current business model, because I am certain it needs to change. The myopic approach adopted by Bernie Ecclestone in the past decade or so has clearly failed and surprisingly he has accepted his fault. But is there more to his confession? Is he to blame alone? Or are the BIG teams as they call themselves equally responsible? And what about the FIA? When you step back and look at the bigger picture, I wouldn’t blame you if you too thought that there’s a larger nexus involved in Formula1.
Over to our latest episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast – Blame It On Bernie?
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