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Lotus offers “alternative” regulations for F1 in 2014

Dec 11, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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There really doesn’t appear to be much middle ground on Lotus F1’s Twitter account and the rest of its social media strategy. You either love it or hate it; personally, I choose the former but it does have its detractors.

Still, after seeing the brilliance the team has come up with in response to F1’s newest regulations, announced earlier this week, it’s hard to find fault in this satirical take the team presented on Wednesday.

There are rules such as:

  • “Any driver replying with “for sure” to a press-conference option will be slapped. Every time.”
  • “All driver managers will be compelled to spend at least one Grand Prix telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
  • “Championship points deciders will be determined by Rock, Paper, Scissors or Cage Fight.”

It’s an ability to poke fun at F1 and offer insights that will never actually be adopted, but it does give F1 a needed jolt of personality compared to the blasé corporate speak that so often dominates the proceedings.

And Lotus wasn’t afraid to poke fun at itself, either, when it wrote this rule: “Any team caught using ‘amusing’ hashtags post 2013 may be questioned for illegal fun and will receive a heavy fine.”

Just brilliant!

It’s very refreshing to see this kind of material in modern F1, and lord knows Lotus will likely need to be on its “poking-fun-at-itself A-game” considering the PR backlash it got for signing Pastor Maldonado. But if Maldonado outperforms expectations, Lotus may have the last laugh.

Here’s the list of suggestions in their entirety:

 

  1. wallio - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Rock paper scissors would be about as fair as the double points race….

  2. testover6370 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    “Any driver replying with “for sure” to a press-conference option will be slapped. Every time.”

    Seriously this MUST really happen. And add “obviously” too. Are those the first English words that drivers learn? It isn’t just F1. Same thing happens in Indycar, sports cars, and rally.

  3. reverendolaf - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I’m inclined to be open to some form of incentive to make the rest of the year interesting, but double points are FUBAR. Some better ideas:

    Go back to the somewhat confusing points from your best X of N races. Say your best 15 or 19 races count. That will help teams that start poorly without overtly making one race count double. It will prolong to points race a big (more if fewer races count).
    Bonuses for cumulative or consecutive wins. Granted this will help Vettel based on recent history, but it leaves more options for a driver to get hot and catch up, even if they had an awful start. Conceivably this could have helped Mclaren this year.
    Offer extra travel budget (or whatever FIA allowance team gets) as long as your team is not eliminated. Some teams may try harder to keep the points race alive if they had some incentive (otherwise it’s on to next years can and mail it in).

  4. wallio - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Dear God no, because then you’ll have 1988 all over again. Prost beats Senna by 11 points, Senna wins the title. Really awful considering how mammoth of a gap that was: only ten drivers scored more than 11 points that whole year.

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