If you watched last weekends United States Grand Prix, then you may have noticed that new F1 owners, Liberty Media, are trying out some new ideas to bring a bit more to the F1 show.
Their first attempt was to add a bit of Hollywood to the pre-race procedure, which saw the drivers all coming on as if they were about to take part in a remake of Rocky IV, while a boxing commentator struggled with various name pronunciations. Some liked it, Twitter reaction from fans on the whole though was NOT good.
So, we thought we’d look at a few ways to not only bring in a few changes but to up the action level and maybe even things out a bit.
In no particular order, here are seven we have come up with…
1) MIX THE START UP A BIT
As reported by German newspaper Bild, plans may be afoot to alter the traditional two by two staggered grid line up, by putting the cars alongside each other and three wide.
This instantly closes them all up and makes turn one at any given race more fun.
Monaco especially would be quite interesting, though as the Bild mock-up shows, you’d need thirty cars at the start to ensure you’d have some left to survive the carnage.
2) ALLOW MORE PARTICIPATION FROM THE DRIVERS
There might be a need for a bit more flexibility from the stewards on this suggestion.
Before the start, each driver can pick a way to give the car behind a bit of a hard time, probably to be used only once per race, otherwise, bar the pole-sitter, they’d all be out on lap one.
Tin tacks, oil jettison, smoke screens or flame throwers, the options are endless and would make fabulous TV.
3) MAKE THE CARS MORE AGGRESSIVE
Good timing this one, what with Aston Martin increasing their presence in F1.
As already successfully tested on their DB5 road car, the innovation pictured above would be well suited for when the Force India pair next come up against each other on track.
There are plenty of other ideas of course, though what with their stance on road safety, we feel the FIA may draw the line at onboard machine-guns or rocket launchers.
4) SLOW MERCEDES DOWN
A double whammy this one. Success ballast is added by way of a family caravan.
Further success ballast comes in the form of placing human beings inside, who would no doubt pay handsomely for such a close experience of F1 racing.
Simple and profitable.
5) INTRODUCE RANDOM IN-RACE CHALLENGES
The Lotus F1 team tested this out a few years back by having an articulated truck jumping an F1 car at full speed.
Unfortunately, Health and Safety were not so keen on this one, so some less hazardous challenges could be introduced.
Custard pies being lobbed at drivers during pit stops, power hoses aimed at them on the main straight or simply turning the lights off at random moments during the Singapore Grand Prix.
With a bit of imagination, this could be a goer.
6) TRACK LIMITS!
The subject of the day. Drivers say that we should replace tarmac run off areas with grass or gravel.
That is SO 1990's.
Our plan? Fill them with water and sharks who have not been fed for a week.
7) BRING BACK PASTOR MALDONADO
It does what it says on the tin.
Do you have any plans for the future of F1? Stick your idea in the comments below!