Formula One: New Rules = New Podium Faces?

10 March 2003 13:08

If you're the kind who only care about end result, it probably wouldn't strike you any different to see David Coulthard (McLaren Mercedes), Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams BMW) and Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren Mercedes) on the podium at the end of the first race of the 2003 Formula One season. Sometimes, it's not reaching the destination that matters but rather the journey to reach there. With new rules being introduced for this year's championship, we had quite an entertaining race today with almost all the drivers moving up and down the order throughout the race, practically trying to get a grip on everything from track conditions, tire selection, fuel load, etc. causing several revisions to each team's race strategy. Helping small teams to cut costs aside, perhaps from the technical perspective, this will force all teams to come up with a real balanced car that's suitable to be used throughout the race weekend (since each team is only allowed to use one car now unless of course it's badly damaged during qualifying). But it's quite obvious that this is done to provide more value as far as entertainment is concerned since last season's races were pretty much predictable with Ferarri leading all the way with the rest of the pack eating their dust. We'll see if the trend keeps up when it swings by Sepang in two weeks' time.

By the way, did somebody mention "need more entertainment" in F1? ;)

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MK84
MK84
3/12/2003 9:39:37 AM #

Time will tell. Sooner or later the teams will adapt.

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