I am writing about the current state of F1 Racing at the moment. Putting aside the early season tragedies and other problems, without trivialising them, we were promised, because of the new regulations which came in at the start of the year, closer and more exciting racing. What seems to be happening is the reverse with the pitstops, sometimes three or four, dictating the finishing order on the track. When was the last time you saw the lead change hands on the track rather than in the pits?
In complete contrast, the IndyCar Series has in the last two years provided far more exciting racing. IndyCars also have pit stops for both tyres and fuel, so what makes the difference? Maybe it is the full course yellows, which allows the cars to bunch up. Whatever it is, it almost rivals the BTCC for excitement and competitive racing. So what is F1 going to do about it — will the possible return of Nigel Mansell be the answer? Perhaps more rule changes are needed or what about embracing IndyCar rules?
John Dawson, Chelmsford, Essex.
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