The F1 teams’ association has recommended that F1 race distances should be cut from 320km (200 miles) to 250km (155 miles).
Should F1 races be shorter?
- Yes (9%)
- No (89%)
- Don't know (2%)
Total Voters: 1,655
Earlier this week Felipe Massa suggested pretty much the same thing when he suggested F1 race distances be cut by 15 laps. The response on this website was overwhelmingly negative.
I am very disappointed to see FOTA call for pretty much the same thing and I expect most of you are too.
Whatever FOTA’s rationale for cutting races distances is, they haven’t explained it. They have revealed a marketing survey which acknowledges that most F1 fans don’t want the sport ‘dumbing down’. Making the races shorter, and better suited to the short attention span of the casual viewer, would be a classic example of ‘dumbing down’.
Cutting race distances would be meddling with the DNA of F1 unnecessarily. It would make Grands Prix scarcely any longer than GP2 races. It would undermine the physical, mental and technological challenge of racing at up to 200mph for up to 200 miles.
Television companies would be forced either to use fewer advert breaks, meaning less money for them and, ultimately, the teams, or subect viewers to the same number of breaks in a shorter length of time, meaning they see even less of the race. A lose-lose situation.
Shorter F1 races ultimately means less Formula 1. It would be like demanding smaller grid sizes or fewer races.
I cannot see how any F1 fan would like this idea. But whatever your point of view is, do share it in the comments.
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