Now that we’ve had an exciting title fight for the first time in years, people are wondering if the new rules aren’t exactly at the wrong time. Next year, the technical rulebook will be completely overhauled. The last time it happened, in 2014, Mercedes was much better on its own. This resulted in seven dominant years.
Ross Brawn, General Manager of Formula 1, defends the rules he helped create. “There is no doubt that changing the budget cap and rules this year will have a positive impact on the intensity and tension of the tournament,” said the Briton, who is also encouraging the new rules for 2022.
“I’ve heard voices saying that we won’t need the new rules for 2022, because we’re having a great season this year. These people don’t understand that cars still have a hard time following each other and trying to overtake despite the championship being very exciting this year, I think the new rules will provide Basically much better racing, you might not solve everything overnight, but once the rules come down a little bit we’ll see great races and more fights.”
But there are more reasons than just the new technical rules and budget caps that may look bright in the future.
In recent years, more and more people are becoming interested in Formula 1. In the Netherlands, Max Verstappen of course nurtures a love for motorsports, but viewing numbers around the world are also increasing. The interest in the Netflix series Drive to Survive also ensures many new fans, especially youngsters. And the younger the fans are, the more they keep watching.
The growing interest in this sport is not only attracting more fans, but many countries are also keen to organize a (second) Formula 1 race. For example, next year there will be races in Miami and a deal was recently struck with Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Some, of course, are skeptical about these deals. The call for more classic circles is loud, which made Imola’s return to the calendar exhilarating.
Stefano Domenicali, F1 chief executive, is looking forward in good spirits: “This year we’ve hit a record 22, and next year we have 23 on the calendar. Adding three events to the calendar in six months shows that the sport is in great shape.” We have a lot of racing requests and this shows that our platform is attractive to governments and businesses. The future looks bright.”
Big names are interested
It’s not just fans and countries who want to see Formula 1, but the car manufacturers also seem to be looking at the sport’s future with interest. Honda will soon turn its back on Formula 1, but there are a number of developments in the pipeline, especially in the automotive field, that could bring big names like Porsche and Volkswagen to the top division.
In this way, Formula 1 as a pioneer can still play a role and ensure a better world with the car manufacturers. It is necessary to move with the times and after much deliberation, the sport seems to do the same.
Aston Martin is already back in the sport and looks like it will be here for the long haul as well. Senior manager Lawrence Stroll has already invested millions in the team and wants to build a great team out of his stable. A new huge plant should help with that.
Of course Formula 1 is known as the first class of motorsport, which automatically means there are twenty best drivers in the world. While the 20 names may not be world class stuff, we are dealing with an impressive generation of drivers who will play the leading role in the years to come.
How about Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, but also George Russell, Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris. They will slowly but surely take over the sport in the coming years, while big names like Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso will eventually vanish. Meanwhile, a number of great talents are on the way, such as Mick Schumacher, Oscar Piastre and Theo Burshire.
F1 dares to experiment
This isn’t necessarily always a positive thing, but we are now seeing sprint races appear in Formula 1. Not everyone is happy with it, but it does show that Formula 1 bosses are not alienated at once. Out of the box thinking. This may have been done primarily for commercial purposes, but it certainly caused a stir, without losing the true DNA of the sport.
Domenicali believes sprints are having a positive impact on the weekend’s race. “We are happy with the events of the first two races. That obviously changes the dynamics of the weekend. We are still waiting for the results of the final test in Brazil, but then we will put together the right package for the future.”
RacingNews365 understands that there is a verbal agreement between F1 and the team bosses on a number of six sprint races in 2022, which will therefore provide a calendar of 29 races over 23 weekends.
All in all, all the components are there for some exciting years in Formula 1. With a bit of luck, another team will be added over the years, because there may still be room for improvement in this area. Very few seats. Due to a budget cap, this may be resolved in the longer term and we may see 22 or more engines on the network in the future.
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