April 4, 2004 at 13:08 #3767
Formula one seems to be getting more predictable every year. The yawning gap between Ferrari and ‘the rest’ is turning the sport into a boring, foregone conclusion.
Should they introduce a handicapping system for the sport? I think so.<br>Opinions?April 6, 2004 at 03:47 #88833insomniacParticipant
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Agreed RD. Formula 1 has always (to me) been one of the most boring sports around. Maybe they should ballot who should drive what car rather than always having a driver in the same one.April 6, 2004 at 14:44 #88834jairducochetfanMember
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I’m a big fan of Formula One but do think the sport is mind numbingly boring now. Only Jenson Button getting on the podium makes watching it worthwile. However, I think the other teams should get their heads down and catch up rather than moaning that Ferrari are too good. It’s not Ferrari’s fault their better than the rest. A handicapping system would just be very wrong, and a driver ballot would be very difficult due to driver’s ability, wages, and relations towards the team it has been balloted to drive for.April 6, 2004 at 18:16 #88835
I used to love watching F1. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The McLaren/Ferrari/Williams matchup was great to watch and quite unpredictable on a race to race basis.<br>Now, Ferrari win the championship in the first few races. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â By the time the Belgian, Monaco and British GPs come around the red team has the bloody thing in the bag! Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â There is no anticipation anymore, we all know who has won (M Schumacher/Ferrari) by May/June.<br>I don’t know what the answer is, F1 seem to want to make it more wide open. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â But it seems that their new rules have just widened the gap rather than closed it. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I can’t see why handicapping wouldn’t sort out the men from the boys. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â If he is as good as he seems to be, he shouldn’t have any problem winning on talent alone. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He drives the fastest car, why shouldn’t he be penalised? Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I personally would love to see a race where Minadi, or the like, had an equal chance of winning. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â At the moment, the team with the most money has it in the bag before it even starts.
(Edited by Racing Daily at 7:18 pm on April 6, 2004)April 7, 2004 at 15:42 #88836NixerMember
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All I will say on the matter is that if you have any spare cash around and don’t mind investing it for a couple of months you should put it on Barrichelo w/o Schumacher available at 8/11 it is like buying money……………April 16, 2004 at 23:48 #88837KatyMember
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Get rid of traction control!April 25, 2004 at 21:10 #88838
Four out of four now :bore:<br>Roll on Japan and another set of new rules. Not that they will stop him winning in 2005 either. The rules aren’t the problem, it’s the financial/class gap between Ferrari and the rest.May 9, 2004 at 13:57 #88839
Apparently 5 out of 5 now.<br>I never bothered watching it as the result was a foregone conclusion. Coventry v C.Palace was a much more unpredictable piece of entertainment. ;)May 10, 2004 at 23:06 #88840poguesMember
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i do not remember people complaining when n mansell and williams were domineering the sport,<br>maybe its because michael happens to be german;) and by far the best driver the sport has ever see<br>racing daily would you be moaning if jenson was in a ferrari i think not :angry:May 10, 2004 at 23:33 #88841NixerMember
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It’s a pitty you didn’t realise it would be this predictable before the season started. Schuy was available at 2/1 before he raced in Oz. If you stuck a couple of quid on i wonder if it would be predictable or pure pleasure.
Any one who has money on the champ is enjoying this season no end. Pure pleasure perfection is a beautiful thing. A true sportsman giving a master class.May 11, 2004 at 12:29 #88842
pogues, I have no preferance over who wins. And the fact that he is German is irrelevant. The fact is that I would feel the same if Mr Button was in a Ferrari. I dislike uncompetitive sport, simple as that.<br>I only ever bet on horse racing, if I had seen 2/1 I wouldn’t have been tempted. To tie your bank up for six months is a bad deal IMO, in six months I could do a lot more damage to the bookies on the nags with a substantial bank.<br>I’m not gonna comentate everytime Schummy wins a race, just making my feelings known :)May 11, 2004 at 15:14 #88843jaslangMember
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Paddypower have already paid out ;)May 23, 2004 at 20:04 #88844jairducochetfanMember
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Call that boring? A unique one off maybe but what better way to attract the once a year watchers into the sport? Schumacher not winning, engines blowing up, cars upside down, cars going into the backs of each other, false starts, a British driver battling for the lead, and a Ferrari a distant third, now, what would a first time viewer make of that?May 23, 2004 at 23:15 #88845LetsGetRacingMember
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Agreed that Formula One is getting monotonous now – but how in the hell do you handicap it ??!! Make Schumacher drive one handed ?? But lead in his helmet ?? Attach a caravan to his car ??
The idea of handicapping is to make all competitors evenly matched – can you imagine 22 cars level going in to the tunnel at Monaco ??!! Thats like saying handicap Liverpool so they dont slaughter Man Utd – oh wait …. our handicap is Gerard Houllier. Silly me !
The new F1 rules have eliminated all the helpful gizmo’s – but that doesnt take out the massive difference in the abilities of the cars.
All teams should carry more than 2 drivers and they can never use the same pairing of drivers in consecutive races. That stops Michael Schumacher whooping everyone and gives others a chance. But as with the every other sport in the world – money buys success. Maybe a budget should be introduced, meaning each team has the same max’ spend limit – what they do with it is up to them – would make the cars a little fairer maybe ???
All in all – the image of the sport can’t be done any good if the only thing to take out of it is the champion slamming into the tunnel wall.
LGRMay 24, 2004 at 06:17 #88846BurroughhillParticipant
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The annual Monaco Grand Prix is just about the only one worth watching these days. The track is exciting and there’s usually quite a few dramas, as there was this year. <br>Apart from that, I don’t bother watching it any more.
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