F1 TV DECLINE
The last time I heard this type of
comment was at a Blockbuster, when
we asked why they didn’t have debit
card transactions: ”Oh, debit cards
are just a fad, not worth the cost.”
Really Bernie? You honestly think
that Twitter, internet, e-mail, social
media is a fad and everyone is going
to go back to their TVs?
The way that viewership is calculated
for sponsor use is also outmoded.
Young people don’t access media
the way their parents used to, and
these series and their sponsors are
still using outdated forms of
understanding who is watching.
I’m 18 and social media is more of a
fad/play toy for younger teenagers
who don’t have lives or give a crap
about the rest of the world anyway.
Once they get past that high school
stage, most realize they have better
things to do than check Twitter every
two seconds. It’s actually funny that
some people just assume that all
teenagers are going to magically
become interested in F1 because of
some Twitter posts. F1 cars need to
be loud again, crazy fast, and look
good, If you want to turn people into
fans, this is what is needed.
F1 conspiracy theory...
Poor F1. It’s lost fast, great-sounding
cars and competition at the front this
year, so now the only dramas they can
manufacture are conspiracy theories.
Is Mercedes submarining Hamilton
to boost favorite son Rosberg? Did
Bernie throw a switch to make both
Mercedes go off-song in Canada and
allow someone else a token win? Will
anyone still care about these popgun
cars at the end of the season? Stay
tuned...if you can stand the excitement.
Barry Donner Charlotte, N.C.
...but there is also this
I know everybody is complaining
about the sounds of this year’s F1
cars, but the races this season have
been the most fun in years. It’s
obvious the Mercedes boys are going
at it hard and the team is letting
them, which is a refreshing change.
Everyone wants a perfect world,
of course, but I can deal with the
flat-sounding engines if the cars
continue to produce the level of
excitement we’ve seen in the first
half of 2014!
Loren Brazile Cincinnati, Ohio
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Careful what you wish for
Indy 1964, my first, is remembered
for the revolting MacDonald/Sachs
crash. Sadly, I watched it unfold from
my seat at the exit of Turn 4. Fifty
years later (from high up in Turn 3), I
have a cheerier distinction to stress.
The ’60s were touted as Indy’s
wildest decade with the rear engine
revolution, monocoques, turbines,
sidecars, and engine choice. 1964
reached the pinnacle of variety with
tire wars and A.J.’s final roadster win
following 146 laps in the lead.
IndyCar 2014 is criticized as a
spec series, but witness this year’s
riveting race. Passes all day long and
all the way through the field. A daring
concluding six laps. Did the ’60s
feature that? Never. The 1964 race
was a parade, with little competition
Be careful what you wish for.
Wide-open rules might produce
interesting and differentiable cars, but
they will never give us the spectacle
we saw this year.
Mark Lamontia Landenberg, Pa.
Better late than never
I was sorry to hear that Gene Haas is
delaying his F1 team until 2016, but
then it occurred to me that it could
actually be a good thing
Haas was already behind, and if they
had rushed it we might have seen a
repeat of the USF1 fiasco. Sounds like
they are doing it right, and this might
be the last chance for a U.S. F1 team.
Susan Colter Tacoma, Wash.
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WRI TE NOW
I enjoyed your Great Teams Issue
(RACER, June) but was left
pondering how modern racing has
made success less a combination
of skill and ingenuity along the
lines of Colin Chapman and Jim
Clark, but a matter of effective
resource management, as Chip
Ganassi’s teams have exemplified.
Now, obviously, winners are
always going to be the teams who
can put together the best package
under the rules. But it would be nice
if those rules let ingenuity play a
bigger part in the equation again.
Ty Flanders City, Socorro, N.M.
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