Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Spa-Francorchamps, 2015

F1 should prioritise overtaking over performance – Pirelli

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery doesnt believe F1 needs to make its cars faster.

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Kindly, @F1antics also said they didn’t include F1 Fanatic in this criticism, but I think there’s something to be said for this point of view on F1’s falling popularity:

I think it’s polls like these that add to the feeling of dissatisfaction. Media of all kinds, including social media, have raised and are now perpetuating topics like “what’s wrong with F1”, “how to fix F1” etc…

Of course fans, or potential fans, are then going to start questioning the sport and start contributing to the debate. Sure, everyone wants to be an amateur doctor and try to understand the symptoms and come up with a cure, but was there a real problem in the first place, back when all this started?

Did this sense of dissatisfaction coincide with the rise of Twitter, i.e. did social media fan the flames, because people much prefer to complain than to praise? Did it arise from more and more F1 fans setting themselves up as “journalists”, because it’s easy to create a website but harder to get ‘hits’, so they’ll raise negative topics that attract the wrong kind of attention?

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