Let off steam: what’s on your mind this month
Liberty should be lauded for their blueprint over the future of F1. It is clear about the need to make the sport sustainable going forward, in turn keeping existing teams in business and hopefully encouraging new ones to join.
However, if anything, the Bahrain and Chinese Grands Prix showed that we don’t always need the introduction of cost cutting and/or standardised parts in order to mix up the action and provide an exciting race.
It is pure performance and variations on strategy which do that alone, and that is what separates the best from the rest.
The whole essence of F1 is the challenge of man and machine against their rivals in a bid to be
the quickest. It is the job of others to catch up and pass them.
Results achieved by Toro Rosso and Haas show that the so-called smaller teams can compete.
The results are just reward for their performance, and if these are achieved by said teams having customer cars or engine manufacturer support then so be it.
Let’s therefore concentrate on the real issue, which is the need to provide a more equitable distribution of prize money.
Michael Brierley Stalybridge, UK China: out of hand
Wow, what a great race in China. Overtaking aplenty and a totally unexpected winner. The only black mark was the poor standard of driving by Max Verstappen. His lack of respect and common sense is frankly unacceptable.
His attempt to pass Lewis ended up with him going halfway to downtown Shanghai. As for his banzai attempt to pass Seb, it was absurd to say the least.
Since he caused the collision (not for the first time) he should have got points on his racing licence. What does he actually get?
The words kettle, pot and black came to mind when I read Adrian Townsend’s letter (Inbox, May).
Mclaren have two racers, Ferrari have one racer plus one sacrificial lamb. Formula 1 without Ferrari – what a great idea. Give their money to the poor and let’s have fairer competition with proper racers.
Andrew Forsyth By email
A measly 10 seconds added to his overall race time.
When are Charlie Whiting and his cohorts going to do something? What’s it going to take to tell Verstappen to cool down?
Did Max Verstappen’s pass on Sebastian Vettel – which spun the Ferrari around – merit greater punishment?