The latest proposals to introduce standing starts after Safety Car periods, and to fit titanium 'skid blocks' (designed to create more sparks when they make contact with the track surface) to the floors of the cars are just the latest in the long-running 'Hollywood-isation' of the F1 which sees it constantly moving further and further away from a true sporting contest, and more and more towards a scripted, artificial farce.
I have written before about how nonsensical it is to try and manufacture 'excitement', and about how we are in danger of allowing this to detract from what Formula 1 should really be all about (ie. driver skill and engineering prowess). The real excitement in sport comes from its unpredictability - not knowing how the event will pan out when competitors are pushing themselves and each other to the absolute limits.
Yes, creating extra sparks and extra crashes and extra controversy will be 'more dramatic' - but it will also be totally artificial, and not a true reflection of events on track. At this rate, the FIA may as well also hire in a special effects team to create CGI gunfire and explosions and a pit-lane invasion of orcs from Lord Of The Rings. That would be exciting, wouldn't it?!
|"This ought to liven up the final round of pitstops!"|