F1 has recently been obsessed with attracting the elusive ‘casual viewer.’ This is often sited as part of the reason for the following developments:
KERS- a little boost button, much like NOS in games like Need for Speed.
DRS- a form of boost that you would find in racing games, where the cars at the back are able to lap faster. Like in some online races.
But the problem is, whether these work or not, they will no longer do the job. With F1 switching its UK coverage to sky for half the year, its going to take some pretty big video games style gizmos to get back those casual fans that we thought F1 loved so much.
So what slightly nonsensical video games related suggestions do you have to improve the show and snare back those viewers who will be turning off?
My first one is extra lifes- 2 spare cars would allow drivers who retire in a race or qualifying to sprint back to the pits and get in their spare car, thus giving them an extra life (ignore that this used to happen anyway).