I don’t think any of this matters. Sport doesn’t need much of an audience- as long as there’s enough of one to keep it financially viable. Think about the multitude of divisions in just about any sport- tiny local football teams don’t pull in big crowds, and they don’t need to. They exist more for the athletes than for people who might want to watch.
But that’s my point. Who’s watching this series? Who’s doing media coverage of it? This isn’t equivalent to non-league football clubs, where everyone turns up on their day off, plays for free and the cost is negligible.
Sport in general doesn’t have to demand big audiences for lower leagues, but that’s because the barriers to entry are generally low, or the sportsmen can for the most part fund it out of their own pocket with relative ease. Motorsport isn’t like that. A sunday league football team needs 22 players, a few subs, and 3 match officials. Everyone can turn up in kit they bought in a normal shop and it costs nothing.
Motorsport requires miles of maintained track, dedicated marshals, fire and ambulance service, machinery, mechanics, ambulance etc. 70 grand is cheap for what you’re getting in F4, but it’s still a lot of money to get from *somewhere*. Where will entrants get it? They’re fighting for a dwindling pot of sponsorship with how many other “junior” formulas? How many tickets does the track need to sell? Where does it all add up?
I’d argue that it might add up for a smaller number of formulas, but I’m not convinced this is a good move. Get better, more busy race weekends, where sponsors get more value for money, and punters are better served with minor luxuries like toilets, warmth, food and shelter from the rain and we’ll have a healthier feeder system and racing ecosphere.
Bolting on another category for every 10 drivers or teams who can’t get it together in another series isn’t an answer which is financially viable.