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Old 12-06-2019, 03:12 PM   #885
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Originally Posted by lil'redwagon View Post
I'd say yes and no. Electric is the way of the future, yes, but not necessarily the way of racing. As much as I don't like NASCAR and their outdated technology is one of the many reasons why I don't watch it, but they have been able to grow their sport with out of date technology for years. And again, I'm not saying NASCAR is good, but it has been able to grow over the years, even attracting more factory support from manufacturers who never offered a car in the US that would fit the "stock car" format. So it's possible for F1 to continue to grow without switching to electric.

I'd say F1 should delineate themselves from consumer products, and just be the ultimate racing series. Cherry pick from all of the years of F1, and allow the best of all years to be legal, and see what kinds of cars people produce. It would be crazy. Bring back the V10s that rev to 24K, allow active aero, allow the next generation of a 6 wheeled Tyrrell, etc. IF they did that, they would make a clear distinction between them and FE, and they would surely show growth in the sport.
Ehh, NASCAR isn't really a great example. This is just the Daytona 500, but you get the idea:

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I don't think radical open regulations would lead to growth. That's just what you want to see as a fan. That stuff's not coming back. Manufacturers don't invest millions and millions for that. They do it to invest in their futures (not past) and advertise them on a global scale. Mercedes, Ferrari, Honda, whoever, they would flee from that kind of series immediately. The OEMs are going to drive the future of racing because they build the technologies. If the sport doesn't align with their priorities and investments, they're out. Which is why the F1/FE crossover will be very interesting.
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