Time to tackle the future
Change at the top should lead to a healthy F1 overhaul
Formula 1 has gone through a revolution in the last 10 days, with Bernie Ecclestone’s removal from the top table and the new breed setting out its stall for the future of grand prix racing.
Like him or loathe him – and there are plenty on either side of that fence – but F1 without Bernie is going to be a very different place and now is the time to iron out some of the intrinsic problems that have been allowed to go unchecked in the previous regime.
The news that there is a desire to make F1 cars less complicated in the future is going to be a benefit for all, and the redistribution of wealth in the paddock will be a lifeline for some of the smaller operations. A reshuffling of the revenue streams could help save some of the ailing European GPS too. Bernie tried to drum up as much revenue as he could for his paymasters CVC, and that was the root of the problems. That model has now changed.
Those are the nuts and bolts of the changes, but there will be other things that fans notice too, particularly in the way that the sport is marketed. These will be exciting times. Matt James, Editor (Twitter: @Mattjmnews)