17 April 2011
If Formula One teams had to sell their cars
Patrick Crozier

I’m watching F1 and as usual wondering how you could make it better.

One of the things that bugs me is that it is not clear what question the sport is trying to answer.  In most sports it is clear.  In the 100 metres it’s the fastest sprinter.  In football the best football team.  But in F1 it’s never clear whether it’s the car or the driver.

What if, I wonder, manufacturers were obliged to sell their vehicles for a fixed sum (say, £1m) at the end of each race?  That way any team/driver who thought they were fastest would not be denied the opportunity to prove it simply because they didn’t have the right car.

The other good thing about this is that it would encourage manufacturers to keep costs down.  If you build a car for £10m and have to sell it for £1m you’re going to go out of business pretty quickly.  And if costs are kept down that will reward the best engineers.

I suppose there might be a problem with manufacturers not telling the new owners everything in order to preserve cosy relationships with favoured teams.

Is F1 a legitimate topic for Transport Blog?  I think we can just about get away with it.

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  1. The concern over excessive aerodynamic down-force, and the problem of overtaking through ‘dirty air’ could be addressed by staging races in a vast evacuated dome.

    Posted by Crosbie on  17 April 2011 at 12:26 pm

  2. You seem to presume that they currently sell the racing cars for more than £1 million and the change would result in a loss for them.

    That doesn’t happen.

    Forcing them to (somehow) find a buyer for their cars who is willing to pay $1 million each would result in more revenue for them, not less.

    As to the purpose of the sport to the manufacturers, it is just a giant advert, and presumably one that makes economic sense for them.

    Posted by IanVisits on  17 April 2011 at 01:05 pm

  3. I would like to make auto racing a more realistic version of real-life transportation.

    My biggest complaint is in the auto race, if you break down, you get to have your car towed or pushed off the course and then you can shrug your shoulders, put on a stiff upper lip about the loss, and then go home early.  Do you get to do that in really life?  I don’t think so.  If you break down, you have to first explain the circumstance to your wife, and then you have to somehow arrange with your brother-in-law for a ride to complete the journey.  I think the race car drivers should be required to complete the entire trip. cheese

    Posted by Paul Milenkovic on  04 May 2011 at 12:03 am

  4. I know there is an anateur car race, where they have made such rules to lower the money spent in cars. They drive the old cars made for drit race and the rules say, every single person can go to the driver and by his car for a one thousend euro. Since such rule was implemented all the cars became more or less the same and now it is a race for the best driver not for the strongest or most upgraded car.

    Posted by be on  06 May 2011 at 07:02 pm

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