Alonso warns unpredictable F1 could lose credibility

2012 F1 season

Fernando Alonso warned F1 is in danger of losing credibility because results have been so unpredictable this year.

Speaking to CNN Alonso said “It’s a fantastic season, it’s so unpredictable. I think people stand in front of the TV with some surprises every race and it’s good for the audience, it’s good for the sport to bring attention to the races.”

“On the other hand we can lose credibility. We cannot lose that the best teams, the best drivers, the best strategies or whatever, they win the races. Because at the moment from the outside it seems that in every race [anyone] can win and it doesn’t matter the talent, it doesn’t matter the team, the performance – it’s like a lottery.

Alonso, who is leading the world championship by three points ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, said that what a driver achieves in Formula 1 is “not by chance”.

He added: “We need to make clear that if you win a race, it’s because you did something better. And at the moment I don’t know if this is clear for everybody.”

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121 comments on Alonso warns unpredictable F1 could lose credibility

  1. Denis68 said on 1st June 2012, 12:55

    This is the best season I have witnessed in my thirty years of following Formula 1. I can’t believe all the driver’s from the top teams complaining that this season’s unpredictability is ruining the sport.

    It’s fantastic because the driver’s in the top teams now day’s have to work harder to obtain result’s, they can no longer be in a dominant car and go on a sunday afternoon cruise to claim the title.

    • Gaz said on 1st June 2012, 13:08

      I don’t believe racing drivers of F1’s calibre want a cruise to victory. In most cases they get a buzz from beating others, and doing that in a dominant car won’t feel quite as sweet as it would if it was hard-fought.

      Also, can you imagine how frustrating it would be as a driver (and this relates to Button quite nicely at this moment in time) to be on form one race, then, without any creditable explanation your car is 4th quickest when nothing much has changed? The top F1 drivers thrive on knowledge, understanding and progression – if the pieces of the puzzle don’t come together they feel out of control and seemingly exasperated.

      The above said, I haven’t missed a race this year and I can’t tear myself away.

    • mvi said on 1st June 2012, 16:06

      Denis68, he’s not complaining at all. He is saying basically the same as you are, that teams have to work harder, smarter, to win the race. He is saying if it were just chance the sport would lose credibility. Sounds to me like he wants the competition in all its aspects just as fans do.

  2. CapeFear (@capefear) said on 1st June 2012, 13:05

    Who cares if it’s the highest rated, it’s not a popularity contest it’s motorsport. You don’t hear this of any other sport football, golf or cricket it’s the highest rated than any other time in our sport… why is that?

    The ratings are irrelevant to me as I’m a spectator, what I care about? the racing. F1 today is designed for the lowest common denominator and people love it now more than before. You have tyres that fall apart and drivers cannot show their talent like previous years pre-2009, the aero on these cars prevent real racing where as previous years you could get in the slipstream from more than 35ft.

    The tyres aren’t even conforming to the regs, which state they should be performance tyres and durable, 10 laps and pit stops isn’t really racing tyres is it? All of this was based off the knee jerk reaction from Canada 2010 because tyre wear was so great, it lacked objectivity and tried to apply it to every track without taking into variables such as mechanical grip aero levels track length.. etc etc

    Then you have DRS which makes F1 passes look like they’re driving on the autobahn, it’s so bad you have brundle screaming! “That’s a pure overtake!” sorry Martin it’s not, regardless if DRS was open at the time of the overtake, if it was still used before it’s still DRS affected it put the car into a position it would not of had been in if not used.

    I used to watch F1 a heck of a lot, I would get up early to watch but the sport as a whole it is broken. TV director doesn’t do his job properly you rarely see a full lap onboard but drivers like di resta drinking fluids is more important. You have practice sessions that don’t have cars out on track because they want the peasants to rubber in the track for them and refer to this as “thier program”.

    You also have qualifying which is so broken some teams don’t even run because the regulations, why they changed these from 2009 which worked fine I have no idea.

    Suffice to say the racing has turned me off for many reasons, I now follow V8 supercars which has had more racing this year then F1 the rules and regs are stable the formats are fun and it’s what real racing should be, F1 is the pinnacle? Only in technology, in actual on track racing it’s prehistoric.

  3. Oskar (@oskar) said on 1st June 2012, 13:38

    Alonso admits the season is being fantastic. He´s only saying there´s another way to see it. In another interview in Spain he admited that the tyres aren´t the most important thing.

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 1st June 2012, 13:38

    What’s the deal with F1 and knee-jerk reactions?!

    Is this not what more people wanted after 2011, a more open playing field? It is the teams job to rise above the rest of the field but after only 6 races following a major overhaul of aero rules (I’m thinking EBD) how much can you reasonably expect? Some team and driver combination will soon enough ‘switch on’ to all the variables in F1 and start to put in some real, championship threatening consistent results but until that point let’s enjoy not having any idea who it will be!

  5. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 1st June 2012, 13:48

    I don’t get all these “F1 is a lottery” complaints from people in F1 (Alonso, Button, Mateschitz). In every weekend, the driver and team combination that have done the best job have won the race. The fact that every weekend that combination has been different is fascinating to me.

    The kind of unpredictability that I could understand would put people off is what you might see in Indycar, where the combination of re-fueling and frequent full-course yellows can lead to some drivers lucking into a good position. We haven’t seen anything like that in F1 2012, which I think so far is great.

  6. Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 1st June 2012, 14:02

    I think the moaning over unpredictability is getting to be a bit much now. While I obviously don’t want a lottery either, I haven’t seen anything to indicate it is such. If it was, we’d see HRT’s and Marussia’s leading. But we don’t. The car and the driver still count for something. This year is simply very closely matched between teams and the strategy is proving a little harder to nail down. I consider this to be more back to the days of the early 80’s when they didn’t have computers in the pits processing every single eventuality and spitting out an answer of what’s the best way to do things.

    Besides, why oh WHY are people complaining over a close championship? I’m pretty sure the only ones F1 is losing credibility with are the ones who are used to a single team dominating or a usual two horse race. When they add restrictor plates and head for Talladega, then I’ll grant you it’s lost credibility.

    • SundarF1 (@sundarf1) said on 1st June 2012, 17:27

      Alonso, who is leading the world championship by three points ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, said that what a driver achieves in Formula 1 is “not by chance”.

      He added: “We need to make clear that if you win a race, it’s because you did something better. And at the moment I don’t know if this is clear for everybody.”

      He doesn’t say unpredictability will ruin F1’s credibility. Not making people understand that each race is actually won by a deserving driver/team this year – that, according to him MIGHT ruin F1’s credibility.

  7. Pedro Costa (@pnunocosta) said on 1st June 2012, 14:06

    I think that unpredictability seen this year is more related to the ban of blown diffuser and only then to the tyres. There´s no doubt that for this reason the pack is much together wich highlights any errors, less well balanced car or worst setup. When a driver/team as a perfect weekend (excluding 4 or 5 teams) it has a real shot to the win.
    And my question is: isn´t this just fantastic for the F1 fans? Doesn´t it create enthusiasm? Doesn´t this bring new fans to the sport?
    And at the end the best team/driver will still gonna get it!

  8. SirCoolbeans (@sircoolbeans) said on 1st June 2012, 14:13

    I wouldn’t say it was that unpredictable at the very front. Over the last two years whoever has been leading into the first corner has pretty much gone on to win the race. (as long as it was a dry race).

    It’s been a fun season, but a win has lost a little bit of impact. It does appear to have lost merit, but with such a large calendar now it was already starting to anyway.

    It’s been better than what we had with Bridgestone though. I still love the sport. :D

  9. antonyob (@) said on 1st June 2012, 15:21

    Hes not covering anything and its not because a team is improving. Im not even sure its totally the slightly hit or miss nature of zoning in on the tyres sweet spot though it undoubtedly is a factor. The most notable change is the bunching up of qualifying times. If you’re less than half a second off 3rd place in qually you dont necessarily expect to line up 12th. Maybe front to back its not so much different but the midfield pack is so close now, add that to teams not finding the narrow sweet spot on the tyres and you get random winners.

    Its not ideal but theres not alot wrong with F1 when you cant guess who is going to win. It is the holy grail for spectator sport. However as a committed petrol head i do kinda want to know who has the best package of driver and car and Alonso has a valid point regarding this.

  10. Ryan2012 said on 1st June 2012, 15:49

    F1 has already lost credibility for me, With gimmicks like DRS & these silly Pirelli tyres I no longer see it as the pinnacle of MotorSport.

    F1 has become nothing but an artificial, Open wheel version of Nascar!

  11. nivram63 (@nivram63) said on 1st June 2012, 15:51

    honestly if i know one driver is going win every race, thats boring and i would`nt watching as much

  12. mvi said on 1st June 2012, 15:52

    What he has said makes sense – if winning were just by chance, then the sport would have no credibility.

    He wants the audience to understand that results come from the hard work of teams to do a better job in all the various aspects, even if the results so far appear unpredictable (presumably because teams are having difficulty in understanding tire behaviour).

    • nivram63 (@nivram63) said on 1st June 2012, 16:12

      well in that case it`s on cause for concern yet , a this point in the season only the top 5 teams is wining apart from williams and they`ve been there in the past

  13. Nixon (@nixon) said on 1st June 2012, 16:12

    Alonso means that F1 may look like a lottery, but in truth its because the driver was better than the rest.
    I think.

    • SundarF1 (@sundarf1) said on 1st June 2012, 17:23

      Thank you, for being among the very few in this thread to have understood what Alonso said, instead of jumping the gun.

      Alonso says no driver has won by chance, but this fact might not be clear to everybody, and it needs to be clarified so that F1 retains its credibility. Whew!

  14. GMACz said on 1st June 2012, 16:59

    why couldn’t Pirelli have continued with the same compounds as 2011? That season was just the right mix of tyre degredation for an exciting season, barring the fact that Red Bull had a better car by miles but the new regs have neatralised that advantage.
    Instead we’re getting these fast deteriorating tyres with this full-on-unpredictability feature..

  15. Umar Majid (@um1234) said on 1st June 2012, 18:15

    Tbh i dont know why hes complaining, the driver is leading the WDC for god sake, F1 isnt that predictable this season, eg the top teams are still leading the WCC and the usual drivers are leading the WDC, if say Caterham was in the top 3 of the WCC then it would be unpredictable
    Everyone seems to forget that theres a championshio going on and fan are basing it on race by race… were the drivers complaining this much in 1983 where it was similiar with race results, first Jenson and now Fernando…As Kimi would say ‘its racing’
    Been following F1 since 2005 and this season is without a doubt the best.

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