Teams praise F1's unpredictability

Tue, 29 May 11:10:14 2012

Formula 1 team principals are adamant that the unpredictable nature of this season is not a turn-off for fans.

Mark Webber became the sixth different victor of 2012 in the Monaco Grand Prix, and there have been criticisms from some quarters that F1 risks losing credibility if the races are too random.

But McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh and Red Bull's Christian Horner insist that there is nothing for the sport to worry about, even though it is making it much harder for their teams to win races.

Whitmarsh said: "If people now say randomness is unattractive, then that is a 180 [degree change] from what people felt a few years ago when it was very predictable.

"On balance I am sure that people want a lack of predictability. You want to go to each event not knowing who is going to win. You want to go through the course of the weekend not sure what is going to happen in each session, and you want to go through the race not knowing what is going to happen. Every one of our races this year has been tremendously exciting."

When asked if he felt the races were too random this year, he said: "I don't think so. I think it is an enthralling sport at the moment. A few years ago weren't people saying 'aren't these processional races and aren't they so predictable?' Well, we certainly don't have a predictable season. I think an unpredictable race and an unpredictable season is what a lot of fans want."

Horner added: "I think it is remarkable that there have been so many winners. The tyres are a factor and the fact that there are so many strong drivers as well is also a crucial factor.

"Red Bull has become the first team to win two races this year, which is an achievement. F1 is different this year primarily because of teams trying to get on top of the variances in the tyre compounds."

Although the team principals are happy, not all drivers are satisfied by the fact that form seems to fluctuate so much.

Jenson Button, who started the season strongly but has had poor results in the last three races, said: "Clearly everyone is excited about so many different winners, which initially was great for the fans and great for the sport.

"But there will come a time when the fans will say, 'So anyone can win a grand prix, everyone can lose a grand prix like that?' I think they're finding it a little bit strange now.

"I don't know, but hopefully a pattern will emerge after the next couple of races and we'll understand the teams and drivers we need to beat to win the championship."


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  1. I totally agree, first it was Schumacher winning all­ the races, then you had Vettel winning the majority to­ garauntee his title before he let Webber win some­ during the season. But this is season its open for­ everyone and anyone. How can people complain, of course­ we will never please everyone. Some prefer one driver­ winning everything, some prefer different drivers­ winning each race. I prefer the latter, which makes the­ season unpredictable, where we don´t know who can win­ the title until the end of the season, lets see what­ happens.I hope to see Webber win the title.

    From Hans WilliS, on Wed 30 May 15:39
  2. Loving it more than the last decade of predictability.­ Don't listen to what the media naysayers.

    From SJ, on Wed 30 May 11:06
  3. I like the season as it is unfolding a lot more than­ the last two seasons. Not anyone can win a GP. ­ Maldonaldo had s super race where he didn't make­ any mistakes. The pattern is that the pole sitter­ still has the best chance to win the race. ­ Button's way too good of a driver to worry about a­ slump, which he will drive his way out of someday. I­ look for Button to have a good day in Canada.

    From Elfama, on Tue 29 May 12:11
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