|04-29-2004, 04:06 PM||#26|
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I certainly think that we are in the presence of greatness with M. Schumacher. The "whose better" debate has fallen all the way to Schumacher vs. Nuvolari, a driver of completely different cars running completely different roads in a completely different era. Confidentially--I think if you could put the two against each other, Schuey would adapt within two races and school Nuvolari.
That being said, this is definitely bad for Formula 1. Can Am is my example. Can Am was an interesting race with a number of rivalries, until the Donohue developed 917-30s showed up. People are talking about Schumacher sweeping the season, or all but a race or two, well Mark Donohue did it. And Can Am was dead shortly thereafter.
Granted it's predecessor, ALMS, is growing well but the races are very different. Four classes running four different speeds means there is always passing going on somewhere. And they are lucky, as Dr. Panoz has turned out to be quite the race promoter! Still, I think the prototype class will need to be completely overhauled or it will become altogether irrelevant.
Now I understand we are talking about completely different series here, but I think we'll see the same results. The small teams will get squeezed out as sponsors leave - Minardi, Jordan. Manufactures will fail to be able to justify the expense, and the embarrassment, and will bow out - Jaguar, Toyota, and Mercedes. That leaves Ferrari, Williams BMW, and Sauber. Six cars.
Go ahead, picture a starting grid with only three rows. The engine swap penalty wouldn’t even apply!
I suppose new small teams could arrise, but when was the last time a small team entered F1? It's been one disaster after another for the little guys and I don't see that turning around.
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|04-29-2004, 05:24 PM||#27|
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"That being said, this is definitely bad for Formula 1. Can Am is my example. Can Am was an interesting race with a number of rivalries, until the Donohue developed 917-30s showed up. People are talking about Schumacher sweeping the season, or all but a race or two, well Mark Donohue did it. And Can Am was dead shortly thereafter." ( By ShockWave )
This is kinda the central point here....
Is it the driver's fault for the death of that series, or is it the series organizer's fault for not evening the field. In the case of Can Am, the Porsche you mentioned is what killed the series, or rather the ability to level the playing field that is......
Schumacher is a driver.....a great one...but the bigger "problem" is that Ferrari is dominating.....who do you blame. Do you blame the other competitors/manufacturers because they can't catch them, do you blame the FIA and Bernie and management...
F1 has evolved into something completely different than its former self....go back to the 50's and see who and what were fighting it out for the world championship....This was its infancy...
My guess is F1 in its current guise is running to the end of its road and not because of Schumacher.....its evolution is almost complete.
FIA needs to create a brand new formula in the coming years along with the factory incentive to go with it, that is new from the ground up....let it evolve all over again, sustaining itself for another few decades...............Painful, difficult, and may not ever happen............it may be new space age chassis' and hybrid or other powerplant stuff............
My greater analogy: F1 in the 50's = the Wright Bros developing an aircraft
F1 in '00's = McDonnellDouglas / General Dynamics / Boeing / Airbus developing combat aircraft surpassing human ability to fly them.
|04-29-2004, 06:04 PM||#28|
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nuvolari wasnt only great cause he was the fastest of the time (which he pretty much was), but cause of his incredible determination and resolve. its a different kind of greatness, which you cant really compare to today's drivers.
And i dont think you can ever compare drivers from different times cause obviously the driver who is used to the faster car will be able to adapt to the slower car better then the other way around. probably. the auto unions were pretty damn fast though...
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