They've Emasculated Formula-One Racing

F1 in 2013...better buy a video game.

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A "real" F1 Ferrari from 2013This years wimpy steedLewis Hamilton, perhaps dreaming of when racers were men who drove real cars.  he washed out yesterdayMark Webber.  I doubt he would have fitted into new cars - and surely wouldn't have wanted to!  (he retired last year).For 2015??  They fly round, track not neededIs this what the engineers had in mind??
A "real" F1 Ferrari from 2013
A "real" F1 Ferrari from 2013
This years wimpy steed
This years wimpy steed
Lewis Hamilton, perhaps dreaming of when racers were men who drove real cars.  he washed out yesterday
Lewis Hamilton, perhaps dreaming of when racers were men who drove real cars. he washed out yesterday
Mark Webber.  I doubt he would have fitted into new cars - and surely wouldn't have wanted to!  (he retired last year).
Mark Webber. I doubt he would have fitted into new cars - and surely wouldn't have wanted to! (he retired last year).
For 2015??  They fly round, track not needed
For 2015?? They fly round, track not needed
Is this what the engineers had in mind??
Is this what the engineers had in mind??

Now we've got capon racing!

With much hand-rubbing of anticipation, I settled back yesterday to watch the first race of the 2014 F1 season from Melbourne.

All the usual race preliminaries were followed, and off they went for the warm-up lap...fine, my smile grew.

Then the four lights went green and I opened my ears to enjoy the snarl of all those mighty engines: the banshee scream of the Ferraris, the nasal wail of the Mclarens, the growl of the Bulls and so on.

Eh? The cars were moving and the race was on. S--t! I must have forgotten the volume control...no, it was on full and I should have been assaulted by a wave of sound.

I watched with growing incredulty as lap one unfolded and this new breed of race car slid smoothly around while all making exhaust sounds like your family Fiesta!

It was just like a giant video game. These new hybrid cars with their battery-gas motors were much smaller than the "real" F1 of last year; they were said to have more torque and sashayed out of the bends OK, but where was that top end speed the old V-8's used to excite us with? And where, damn it, was the roar!

These new engines are 6 cylinders with a turbo charger and seem as docile and boring as a VW Passat, say.

And do they twitch around! Supposedly as the battery motors kick in, the power and torque onto the wheels is doubled, making them hard to control, as was obvious by the jinking around. In fact, many seems to be in constant lateral movement, even on the straights.

There is no doubt for me - and for many more fans I'm sure - they have castrated this great sport by taming the steeds we loved beyond recognition. The Greenies and Nannies have won I suppose as they only use (are allotted) 100 gallons of gas per car for the whole race, nearly half of what the machines used previously.

We should be pleased at one change, I suppose - even the crashes look tame as the lighter cars seem to stop as soon as they hit a barrier... loosing their little nose cone perhaps, "attishooo," whoops, silly me!

The drivers these days are a bunch of pussies, too. When asked about the new cars is was obvious several of the racers hated them but were as one diplomatic in their replies. One driver whose name I don't recall did say, "They're OK, but much slower...I thought the ideas was make the cars go faster!" I concurr absolutely; the big cars were safe and very few people are even hurt in crashes any more.

Maybe - as I think will happen - the mufflers will get changed to at least have them sound like F1 cars again. Or chuck the lot into the compacter and get our beloved V-8's back! If something isn't done, I will have to stick to Sky TV and watch US Indy where real muscle cars and drivers with real b---s still compete. F1 now is tamer than F3 and about as interesting as watching the traffic on the interstate!

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agvulpes 2 years ago from Australia

I also felt the same disappointment as yourself. It now appears to me that F1 racing is being 'juggled' or contrived.

I don't know if you heard the news but our own Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo who finished in Second Place has been stripped of the position due to 'fuel flow ' excesses during the race !

The other piece of news is that the Australian Organisers of the race are considering 'suing' the FIA because the F1 Cars were 'too quiet'

Go figure ?


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Unfortunately, the nannies are everywhere, Bob. NASCAR uses restrictor plates to limit horsepower and speed, and Indy car specs do the same thing. Both are done in the name of safety and 'fairness'.

When the dulled-down races no longer attract the crowds, perhaps they'll finally let the boys play the way they want to play.


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi agvulpes. I am just realizing there are a zillion pissed off fans, not just me!

I think Ricciardo will get his place reinstated, hope so anyway.

Bob


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi Will: Well, I saw Indy last year and they still looked pretty formidable, lots of crashes and cars skidding everywhere. Yes, I don't know what's behind it either, power in the wrong paws maybe (pussy ones).

F1 is unwatchable like this for traditionalists.

take care Bob


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parrster 2 years ago from Oz

Don't watch it myself, but there's a number of petrol-heads at my workplace who love the sport and your words could have been there's. You're far from alone in your disgust.


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi parrster: There is such a furor, the mavens in F1 will have to take notice. These technotanks can't last more than a season

Bob


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

That's not a race, that's a toy track, but great coverage! GOOD WORK.


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi aviannovice.

I ate my words during the last two races which were exciting, but still NO EXHAUST SCREAM! Bob


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Think you might discover that women can be tougher than men in some situations -- perhaps more often than you think. Good photos.


diogenes 2 years ago

Do they toughen as the age like fowls? I have eaten some chook that is rather leathery. I try to stay away from eating old boot as well uninspiring. What are you up to creeping my old hubs? Have fun anyway.

I have been out of sorts all week: no energy, etc., etc. I will write more fully at the end of the week x

Doc added Amlodipine to my blood meds and it had a very bad effects(s))

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