A chance for you to air your views on F1 2018
Get over it
Goodness, what a lot of meeping going on about the aesthetics of the halo. ‘Herald the death of spectator interest in F1’, eh?
I’m much more worried about the effect on spectator interest of F1 disappearing from free-to-air channels. But the halo makes an easy scapegoat I suppose.
It looks fine. Really. Now can we kindly get over ourselves?
Fernando hears the drums
With the news that Fernando Alonso will contest both the F1 world championship and the WEC this year, is this not a sign of a complete lack of faith in the Mclaren team?
Alonso doesn’t want another year in F1 completely wasted, and his interest in endurance racing is a sign of what’s to come if Mclaren and new partner Renault do not deliver the goods. But is Alonso still capable of winning a world championship in F1?
Granted, he’s had some poor cars in the intervening years, but if he wants to continue in F1 then a return to Ferrari beckons; they need to replace that ‘‘laggard” Kimi Räikkönen anyway.
Andrew Byng By email
Goodbye grid girls
I felt like I had to write in following the vitriolic response to the decision to no longer use grid girls. I was delighted to hear
this announcement, not because I have anything against glamour or tradition, but because of the massive under-representation of women in F1.
As a lifetime fan it’s always made me sad when I think of my nieces – where do they see themselves when they watch it on TV? Not as a driver, not as an engineer, and not running the teams. If they’re pretty enough, they get to be a grid girl.
I appreciate that it’s fun and glamorous and they interact with the teams and guests, but I don’t believe it’s acceptable that this is the only area of F1 that women can be a majority in.
Claire Williams, Susie Wolff and Monisha Kaltenborn have done brilliant work representing women in F1, but we have a long way to go.
Grid girls are only a symptom of the problem rather than the cause.
There are so many alternative options – what about fans, or youth groups, or charity workers? I’d love to see young racers (of both genders!) experiencing the grid. Sarah Hunt
So, ‘What a’ Liberty have jumped on the PC brigade’s bandwagon by banning grid girls from F1. What will happen at the Moulin Rouge if this ban on girls at events continues? Can’t see the French doing that, though – can you? John Smith
After reading They Ask The Questions in the February issue,i couldn’t help but laugh. Lauda’s answers were salty and funny.
It reminded me of a restaurant chain in the States called Dick’s Last Resort where the bar staff insult the patrons. Maybe Niki missed his calling.
Some readers feel that our sport faces more pressing issues than the aesthetic qualities of the halo