I found myself responding to the question of “Who won?” or “Who got pole?” for this weekend’s formula one round in Turkey with what is really an old answer; “Guess?!”
This season, and most of the last one, the sport has been dominated by Red Bull and current world champion Sebastian Vettel. People, myself included, occasionally think that there is no point in watching if the same team and driver always win. There’s not much of a competition.
As I have already admitted, I was in that camp until today.
Today’s round was filled with battles and overtakes, even in some unexpected corners. It looks like the introduction of the DRS, re-introduction of KERS and the new Pirelli tyres are making for some excellent on-track opportunities. People want to see the battles, the over takes and Michael Schumacher having his front wing crushed as he tried to defend a position he ad lost.
I have to agree with some of the commentator comments from the race in that some of the overtaking on the track when DRS was being used looked very easy, but it always led the way to new battles on the track between the drivers, which gave the spectators the show they want.
What we could usefully do with is a race where it starts dry for a few laps, rains very heavily for 20 minutes or so, and then the track ends up dry by the end of the race. Why? Simply to add to the entertainment. We saw on Friday that Vettel doesn’t handle the wet too well, so the added drama of a dynamic and changing circuit would be awesome for one or two races.
I don’t agree with the suggestions from Bernie Ecclestone about adding sprinklers to the tracks to make them wet during the race artificially – that would be far too fake for the sake of entertainment – but if mother nature could do that for us, then we would have an awesome race on our hands.