Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsport. Or at least, that’s what it used to be before the FIA introduced new cars with increased speed and width.
Strangely, by some unknown scientific phenomenon, there are lesser overtakes this year. Pirelli, F1’s only tire supplier, showed that there were only 435 overtakes this year compared to 2016’s 866 overtakes. That’s staggering by any standards.
In the military, losing 50% of your force is considered combat ineffective. And on that note, losing 50% of overtakes is a disgrace to such a great sport. Ayrton Senna, considered to be F1’s greatest driver, would roll over in his grave if he found out about this sacrilege. May Senna rest in peace, by the way.
As far as I know, Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (my childhood hero) hasn’t spoken a word about this. In fact, he hasn’t been able to do much since his accident in the French Alps.
The reason for this madness, I believe, comes from Liberty Media buying F1 as well as the DRS system.
We all know that Liberty Media has made many not-so- popular decisions that made just about every fan dislike them.
Also, when a car is using DRS to overtake, the vehicle being overtaken can’t retaliate. He’s supposed to just let it happen. It was supposed to increase overtakes but it’s cheating because you’re unable to retaliate to the overtake.
I’ve enjoyed F1 up to the time they introduced DRS because it no longer involved driver skill. It was now replaced by a small motor hidden in the rear wing to lower or raise the spoiler to increase speed.
I say go back to the glory days when they were still using the old, high-revving and high-pitched V-10’s and V-8’s without turbos and batteries. And, for God’s sake, go back to the time when driver skill and team coordination was extremely important to winning.
I don’t think I’ll watch the 2018 season, folks. Because halo.
Take care now.