by watka 28 Sep 2017, 21:54
mario wrote:Aguvazk wrote:I was thinking... Now liberty media want to increase the calendar, could be interesting the inclusion of an oval race, we could have an oval race, some street races, some at night...
Judging by their latest strategy, it's more likely that Liberty Media are going to focus on boosting the number of street circuits on the calendar instead, hence why we are seeing proposals such as a street circuit in Copenhagen.
Speaking of which, we have now see Liberty Media put forward their latest proposal for the future development of F1, and it is one which I have a slight sense of unease about. https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/form ... 51820/?s=1
Maybe it is me, but what Bratches calls his 'Revel in the racing’ objective sounds a bit mixed - whilst there is an argument for reapportioning revenue, the proposal for cost caps does also feel a bit like Liberty's way of justifying continuing to take a large chunk of the profits out of the sport (not to mention the difficulties of managing to impose such a system in the first place).
When he also talks about altering the governance structure, at the same time that does start to make me wonder if he is talking about increased standardisation of parts and a move towards a semi-spec series - something that would also tally with the increased emphasis on the drivers and their personalities at the expense of the teams.
I think I've said it before on the forum, but I'd be sad to see a calendar full of street circuits.
The commercial advantage of street circuits is obvious; no need for a company to own a circuit, no white elephant left when a company gives up its grand prix, fans can reach the circuit easily by public transport, a chance to race against the backdrop of famous landmarks. However, street circuits to me should always be a mere novelty. I grew up watching F1 in the mid-90s; there was Monaco and Adelaide, and then you could debatable include Montreal and Melbourne. Street circuits seemed like a unique challenge, now they are two a penny.
A permanent circuit is by definition, purpose-built. Each corner has been specifically designed and profiled. A street circuit is by definition, a compromise. It would be more than a shame to witness the slow death of circuit racing in sacrifice for "the show".
Watka - you know, the swimming horses guy