Well done driv­ers, but what’s next?

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Hats off to the driv­ers for pub­licly com­ing out against the lu­di­crous way For­mula 1 is run. Pretty much all of us can see the prob­lems and it is nice to see the driv­ers – the peo­ple most of us want to watch – com­ing out along­side the fans.

My only con­cern is the lack of a co­her­ent al­ter­na­tive. It is al­ways eas­ier to crit­i­cise a sys­tem than it is to come up with a bet­ter one. And even if you could come up with one, it would be dif­fi­cult to make it hap­pen…be­cause of the way F1 is run. It’s a bit of a Catch-22 situation.

A lot of this stems from the cat­a­strophic deal – dat­ing back to Max Mosley’s time at the FIA – to sell F1’s long-term com­mer­cial rights for a rel­a­tive pit­tance. And not just sell to any­one, but in­vest­ment firm CVC, an or­gan­i­sa­tion with no in­ter­est in F1 other than mak­ing money from it.

The best that can prob­a­bly be hoped for is that an or­gan­i­sa­tion with an el­e­ment of mo­tor­sport knowl­edge and en­thu­si­asm buys the rights from CVC. Un­less there is a way of turn­ing over the orig­i­nal deal?

In the mean­time, F1 de­ci­sions will prob­a­bly not achieve what we want. Even the new 2017 rules, the de­tails of which are un­con­firmed, are a worry.

Part of the drive for change is based on the fal­lacy that the cars aren’t quick enough, and some of the aims seem to be con­tra­dic­tory, or at least very dif­fi­cult to achieve: faster cars and bet­ter rac­ing, for ex­am­ple.

Let’s just hope the on-track ac­tion is, as in Mel­bourne, enough to at least dis­tract us all from the prob­lems for a cou­ple of hours on Sun­days.

Kevin Turner

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