Formula One: New Rules = New Podium Faces?

If you’re the kind who only care about end result, it probably wouldn’t
strike you any different to see David Coulthard (McLaren Mercedes),
Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams BMW) and Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren
Mercedes) on the podium at the end of the first race of the 2003
Formula One season. Sometimes, it’s not reaching the destination that
matters but rather the journey to reach there. With new rules being
introduced for this year’s championship, we had quite an entertaining
race today with almost all the drivers moving up and down the order
throughout the race, practically trying to get a grip on everything from
track conditions, tire selection, fuel load, etc. causing several revisions
to each team’s race strategy. Helping small teams to cut costs aside,
perhaps from the technical perspective, this will force all teams to come
up with a real balanced car that’s suitable to be used throughout the
race weekend (since each team is only allowed to use one car now
unless of course it’s badly damaged during qualifying). But it’s quite
obvious that this is done to provide more value as far as entertainment
is concerned since last season’s races were pretty much predictable with
Ferarri leading all the way with the rest of the pack eating their dust.
We’ll see if the trend keeps up when it swings by Sepang in two weeks’
time.

By the way, did somebody mention “need more entertainment”
in F1? ;)

1 Comment

  1. MK84

    Time will tell. Sooner or later the teams will adapt.

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