Who needs F1?

OUT WED­NES­DAY JUNE 29

Motor Sport News - - Have Your Say -

While there was al­most an over­load of mo­tor­sport on tele­vi­sion last week, I think it served to high­light some very stark prob­lems fac­ing F1.

I watch ev­ery­thing from the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship to Le Mans and the events go­ing on in Baku, and it seemed to me that the weak link in it all was the grand prix.

Sure the track was pretty and it had some chal­leng­ing parts, but the faux ef­fect caused by the dif­fer­ent tyre com­pounds and the aw­ful Drag Re­duc­tion Sys­tem – al­lied to the su­per-long straight at Baku – re­ally made the race a borefest.

Le Mans, on the other hand, had me gripped through­out and showed that the right rules and tech­nol­ogy can at­tract the right man­u­fac­tur­ers and the right driv­ers.

It was edge-of-the-seat stuff for vir­tu­ally the en­tire du­ra­tion.

The BTCC was its usual self, with close ac­tion and a big crowd too.

F1 was the poor re­la­tion when it came to my sport­ing week­end, and that is cer­tainly not how it should be.

■ Ceri, Mid­wales

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