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I think it was probably something else, and Max and Bernie are trrying to change it, and ruining it in the process.
F1 has always been over the top. A complete and utter waste of money, attracting mad drivers, mad constructors, mad team owners and mad people who just want to hang around with them all. The fact that it has in fact benefitted mass production cars is a bonus rather than anything anyone really set out to do.
When anyone starts to talk about what something costs in F1, they are missing the point. It doesn't matter what anything costs. It just has to be the best thing you can do under the rules, and if possible slightly outside the rules so that there's something scandalous to talk about. If you start banning things in an F1 car that a spectator has in his road car he will start thinking that something is wrong.
Formula 1 has to be the pinnacle of motorsport, and mustn't in any repect be worse than any other series. So thank God we have slick tyres back for a start.
I'm not saying that any of this is moral or sensible, but this is why Formula 1 was always the exclusive and magical thing that it was. That is also why Ferrari have to stay in F1. Many of us may not like them but they are a legend.
Personally I don't like what Max and Bernie have done to F1. They have reduced the whole show from magical to just "pretty fast" while keeping the prices out of the reach of most real motorsport fans. That is why I (and it seems others of you here) prefer to go and see other moer affordable racing, e.g. historics, where we can talk to the drivers and basically enjoy people having fun at a motorsport event.
Graham you forgot one thing about historic racing too.
you have a great chance to speak to todays F1 drivers who are really enjoying being away from all the #$%$ that is F1 and just having fun.
roll on the goodwood festival of speed
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I pretty much agree with all 3 of you. If Ferrari goes, others will follow and I will not watch or care anymore. In America, The Indianapolis 500 started out as a PROVING Ground. Where the Manufacturers had to advance their engineering every year. Now, honda engines are used 100%, I do not watch or care. They have lost the initial intent. It is all about the money, in any sport. SAD, SAD, SAD.
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I don't care if a racing series has one car company supporting it I watch because or the racing and if ferrari left F1 I'm would see that good 16 title is a enff time to move on and find a new racing series like the IRL I hope more go with them!