Date registered: Aug 2008
Vehicle: 2002 E320 Wagon
Location: Champaign, IL
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Really, you're surprised by that sentiment? For one, F1 has become an extremely restrictive series with very little to differentiate the cars. Second, a very specific fuel-saving technology, along with a very restrictive engine formula, has been adopted to reign in costs and appear 'relevant.' That leaves little to no room for differentiation or experimentation. Third, aero is one of the biggest areas of development, and F1 presents a very specific set of challenges that have very little to do with road cars. Fourth, Porsche's racing activities are already huge. Of course they're going to continue to market those.
I've watched every F1 race since 1999, bar this year's Bahrain GP, which is another topic for another time. I am a big fan. But if F1 wants to be relevant, its technical challenges have to roughly match those facing the car manufacturers in the actual market. Right now they really don't, because being 'relevant' is not actually a concern shared by FOM, FOCA and the FIA.
Last edited by Mr. Pockets; 05-02-2013 at 08:01 AM.