Is FORMULA 1 irrelevant?
Have Regulations tried to make things competitive killed innovation FORMULA 1
Since the introduction of 2021 regulations (Now 2022) at the back end of October 2019, it got me thinking is f1 relevant to a consumer? Since the beginning of time, motorsport was intended to do three things. Show consumers their technology was superior to rival manufacturers. Bring that cutting-edge tech to consumer vehicles and last but not least like any sport, entertainment. Now F1 faces an issue regarding technology. Does FORMULA 1 want to A). Go all-electric? Which is probably... no or B). Take off regs and push the boundaries and advance technologies to bring us, consumers, as it trickles down? Either way, this won't happen. We have reached a point where our interests and climate no longer work with the idea of bringing tech down to road vehicles. More and more midrange manufacturers pull out of motorsport since let's face it the win on Sunday sell on Monday isn't working across all motorsports. No longer can you go buy what was on the track at the dealerships the next day. So focus shifted to FORMULA 1 as homologation died out in the 70s and 80s. Motorsport no longer works as the same test bench for manufacturers as it once did. The last time I have seen the actual trickle-down effect in F1 was KERS in 2009. The regenerative braking systems did, in fact, make a difference as it did advance development in electric cars. Now FORMULA 1 serves no real purpose to companies. Win on Sunday sell on Monday doesn't work, they aren't making tons of money and their road cars aren't benefiting. So why stay?
Since the 2000s AKA, the peak of car manufacturers in FORMULA 1. Soon however manufacturers dropped like flies. BMW, Honda, Toyota and Renault all pulled out before the end of the decade. Since only Renault has returned in 2016 and this year renamed as Alpine. Now Merc and Alpine (which is Renault) Remain as the only big manufacturers. (Note Honda and Renault both made engines since then)
The World Endurance Championship has Appeared recently to be a new option
With new regulations appearing in endurance racing we now have manufacturers like Audi, Acura, Peugeot and Porsche all entering the new hypercar/ LMDH class. This will be the first time Acura (Hondas Luxury brand) has had a proper attempt at Le Mans. Audi and Porsche return after dieselgate and Peugeot after leaving at the end of 2011.
What Do you think? To me, FORMULA 1 is now just pure entertainment. I don't see a purpose in competing in FORMULA 1 unless you're a supercar manufacturer. I see F1 going down the route of private teams as big names go after endurance or another option. So what do you think FORMULA 1 should do? To me going after another possible form of eco-friendly alternative like hydrogen might be a solution but unlikely. I believe a better option is going down the route of easing restrictions and letting teams innovate. How will we get another double or blown diffuser? Innovation is what makes FORMULA 1 so exciting so why not stop restricting them. Tell me what you think in the comments.
Note I'm an F1 fan ok. Please don't be mean in the comments PLEASE! Thanks :-)