Are Customer Teams the Way To Go in F1?

It’s very clear, isn’t it? Formula 1 is the top motor-sport category for four wheelers and this status is very much down to the sheer sophistication of technology that goes into these cars. So, when some one says that they are just going to go buy a Formula 1 car from another team and race it, it’s just bullocks. Hey, go make your own car and race it. I’ll support you even if you don’t finish the race with your car. You’ve to take the challenge of engineering an F1 car. That’s when you should be in F1. Look at last season’s Spyker team. I applaud them for their efforts to race their own car; even if they were arguably the slowest cars for most of the season. In contrast, Super Aguri and Scuderia Toro Rosso were racing cars they bought off the shelves. With the 2006 race winning Honda, Super Aguri just about managed to get into the points and that too in a handful of races. What does it mean? The pace of development was far from enough. Is this what we want in F1? For the sake of having a full grid, we shouldn’t compromise on the image of F1. If close racing is what is wanted, go watch A1 or GP2. They are series that are designed for just that. Not F1. No. F1 is for technology. Let the teams engineer close racing into F1 – using technology.


2 Responses to Are Customer Teams the Way To Go in F1?

  1. I think allowing customer teams make a lot of sense. The manufacturers will not stay in F1 forever and when they go new teams are going to have to come in and take their place. The best way for them to do that would be to allow them to purchase chassis.

  2. Sriram says:

    Dear Keith Collantine,
    Thanks for your views. But, I think that manufacturers will want to stay in F1 because the sport is currently their best R&D department. And they have huge amounts of money too, to pour into F1.

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