WE have a new leader and it’s time to make F1 great again.
While everyone else is worried about President Donald Trump, we want to know the plans of Liberty Media’s Chase Carey.
And we’re here to help.
It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Formula One to shed the dead wood and regenerate stronger than ever.
Here are the five simple things the sport could do to fix this glorious sport:
1 Stop enforcing track limits.
Formula One has effectively forgotten the concept of the race circuit.
Designers lay down a track with bends, the car’s engine gets them down the straight as fast as it can. The aerodynamic and mechanical grip helps it through the corners.The driver’s job is to find the quickest path around that circuit.
His job isn’t, nor has it ever been, to obey the road rules. Or even the spirit of those rules. His job is to get around the track as quickly as he can.
Formula One should allow him to do his job and track designers should do theirs.
If a car leaves the circuit it should hit bumps, sand, grass or a run-off that is not quicker than being on the circuit.
Do that and your racing will be more exciting and easier for fans to understand.
2 No more blue flags.
Any fan will tell you the most annoying sound in Formula One – it’s drivers on pit radio complaining about traffic.
Traffic is what drivers in big cities endure on their way to work.
It isn’t lapping a much slower car car at 300kph.
Allow the lapped cars to move out of the way, or make themselves unpopular by holding their ground. The sport will be far more watchable.
3 Reduce the focus on tyres.
Racing fans are often called petrol heads. There is a reason they are never called rubber heads. It’s because we love engines, not tyres.
Could we simply have harder tyres that can take a harder hammering? Tyres that encourage, rather than discourage flat out driving? Surely it is that simple.
4 Fan access
On Thursday of every race meeting, fans should be allowed a no-stopping walk-through down pit lane with a general admission ticket. I know, I know, the Paddock Club charges thousands for that on race day. But a sport with informed, engaged fans who get value from buying their tickets is critically important.
Imagine a two-hour pit lane walk though (move along, no stopping please, sir) on race day.
And, whisper it, drivers and team bosses could choose to mingle with fans if they wanted to.
It isn’t so bizarre. Even movie stars walk the red carpet.
Why not midgets who drive plastic cars at aeroplane speeds?
Let’s build our sport.
5 Make every Formula One administrator sit and watch the onboard video of Senna at Monaco
It’s a violent video, a man wrestling a machine that shouldn’t be in control, but somehow dances through the twisty streets of Monaco. That, gentlemen, is Formula One.
Nobody who watches that video could kid themselves that they could drive that car at speed around that circuit and complete even one lap, let alone do it racing.
Now watch the onboard video of any driver from 2016.
It looks like you could learn how to do it in a weekend.
This is why we have teenagers entering the sport and fans exiting.
Nobody likes to see deaths in Formula One and despite what many say, safety has improved our sport.
But we need to see why these men are superstars.
After all, we all need heroes. It’s hard to idolise someone who has acne.