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F1 concerned about diminishing thrill factor

Nov 18, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

F1-US Grand Prix AP

F1 team bosses are wary next season could produce a series of unexciting races after an uneventful grand prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

While the track has been largely praised as one of the best new additions to the calendar in recent years, Sunday’s grand prix was a largely processional affair. While Sebastian Vettel dominated proceedings the drivers behind him spent much of the race preserving their tires in order to avoid making more than a single pit stop.

Next year’s change in engine regulations will make fuel saving a greater concern. And the sport’s tire supplier Pirelli intends to err on the side of producing more conservative rubber as they are unsure how much stress the new turbo power units will put on the rear tires.

“It is a point of concern or discussion in the next couple of weeks, because we cannot have a situation where in order to be very conservative we will have races where there is not any thrill,” Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali told Autosport.

Pirelli is anxious for more testing in order to ensure their 2014 tires are appropriate for the radically overhauled cars.

“I am sure with Pirelli we will find the right solution because it is not a problem of giving more favors to one team or to another – it is important for the sport and the show,” Domenicali added.

“We will have a different car that will produce different torque, above all on the rear, so I think this is a point that needs to be heavily discussed in the next few weeks.”

  1. indycarseries500 - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    So Pirelli is going to do what everyone has been asking of them and we don’t even wait to see to complain about boring racing?

  2. worknman24hours - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Pirelli ne3eds to say they will never build degrading tires to make the racing ‘more interesting’.

    The problem here is that the Red Bull team has done such a great job of hiding the cheats in the car that the morons who work for the FIA inspecting the car cannot find them.

    I’m not hating on Team Red Bull either.

    That’s they way it’s done in racing-find an advantage or numerous advantages ,build them into the cars and win races.

    There are specific oddities to the way Vetel’s car switches gears in the staccato sound of a multiclutch system that is self adjusting to engagement to provide a traction control element when

    Zthere are other oddities in ride height as it is seen during the races versus the car after the races coming into the vidtory lane.

    The FIA would need to have the shock bodies opened up,the valve bodies taken out to find the bluetoot controlled mecahnisms that provide a smart suspensiuon system that adapts the car to each track as well as the changing conditions on the track.

    there are sevral other systems hidden in the car that fly rihght in the face of the rules but the Red Bull team has hiddenthem well and vettel has shown just how great they work.

    I applaud Adrian Newey for building such a great technoilogically advanced race car and I laugh with him that the dolts at the FIA are powerless to stop them/.

    I would say this though.

    Take all the antennas off Vettels car wouldn’t win another race.

    In fact,I’d be surprised idf he came in tenth.

  3. worknman24hours - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Sorry about the bad copy, I hit the post button before I corrected all the typing errors.

    But like I said before, I am not hating on Red Bull or Vettel here-you win by being smarter then the other guy and the people who check the cars and in this Adrian Newey is decades ahead of the people enforcing the rules.

    You know,I can laugh with a guy that makes the morons at the FIA look just like that every race.

    Good Show Adrian.

  4. silentcount - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    People in the states will never care much about Formula One as long as they don’t put numbers on the cars, so you know which driver went by. Viewers not being able to identify the competitors has got to be the dumbest idea in the history of the world. It’s like F1 is going out of their way to be of no concern for the country that has the most cars.

    • Keith Collantine - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      What’s so hard about looking at the colour-coded T-bars on top of the roll hoops?

    • nijode - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Twenty-two cars, eleven teams, painted T-Bars, by the second lap even a newbe can usually figure it out. It’s not like NASCAR with 40+ cars, no team color schemes, and only a lot of confusing patches for ads. In some motor sports the cars may have numbers but they are useless unless you are a speed reader with excellent eyesight. Anyway, I have been going to car races for 50+ years dating back to Ascot Park in Gardena California and I hardly notice the numbers. I watched F1 a long time before I even noticed that they had quit putting them on.

  5. mward5508 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Loved F1 until this year. For some reason, this race season seemed staged, not organic. There were no real excitement to it. There was very little drama and most of that seemed manufactured.

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