Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost, Sebastian Vettel, Niki Lauda, Giuseppe Farina, James Hunt and the like – Formula One enthusiasts get excited upon hearing these names. It has been motorsport’s most successful point for the last five decades and has astonished fans with their world champions, including the forenamed racers.
As technology advances, the globe has witnessed the improvements of Formula One such as front and rear wings and an incredible speed. Several manufacturers like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mercedes, and the others started contributing engines to the world of Formula One, and it continued flourishing.
But nowadays, something wrong is going on in the Formula One universe. What element is Formula One missing, to be capable of rebuilding its large fan base and fulfill the competitive drivers’ thirst in racing?
Regardless of the success and development made by Formula One, they seem to have lost their streak at the present time. Several known classic motor racing circuits have been removed from calendar comprising the Imola in Italy and Magny Cours in France, and there were alleged reports that Monza, also in Italy will also be withdrew while Imola is reportedly trying to save the sport by hosting the Italian GP.
The cost for fans and teams of Formula One is rapidly rising. With the rising prices of tickets in the motor sport, the number of spectators is also diminishing relatively, and values of staying in the sport and expanding cars are causing damage to teams particularly the smaller. Before the 2014 season, the Caterham’s factory was searched and forced to withdraw in two races.
Because of this, Formula One caught the crowd’s attention and they asked, is the sport going on a downfall? They have been experiencing a load of reactions from the audience base that – there was a missing element that needs to be established, so that Formula One can rebuild its large fan base and fulfill the thirst of competitive racers in the game. There are some solutions that are being thought of including canceling the refueling ban for the development of strategic decisions; shutting down of cockpits for security purposes, concerning the fatal accident that almost happened to Jules Bianchi in Suzuka four years ago that made the Frenchman lie low on his career today.
Some regulations were also implemented wherein teams should ensure that tires are properly fitted and the presence of media persons in the pock with a limitation. The tire regulation has been enacted because a cameraman was accidentally hit by Mark Webber’s Red Bull as a wheel became loose five years ago. A number of notable accidents had happened in the past few years, which may have caused Formula One being turned off.
Another theory made as to why Formula One’s fame has diminished was the excessive streak of a particular year in an interval of time. For instance, Sebastian Vettel faced a struggle in bringing the bacon home due to his competitive rivals Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, and Jenson Button but was crowned a champion for four straight years from 2010 to 2013. The quality of the competition served as the essence and life of Formula One during its peak, but there came a time where Michael Schumacher’s dominance was titled as abnormal for the motor sport, but still he competed with fierce members too during his profession.
To refresh Formula One in the motor sport universe, some old and experienced racers assumed that it is inevitable to take a step back during the old days, where drivers are continuously debuting and stepping at the highest points of their work. Before Schumacher’s era, they meant going back to Formula One’s speedy vehicles, adventurous racers that can make their engines ramble and can perform marvelous moves, and not weakly grass cutters that whine in doing risky moves they have today.
Not long ago, a global survey was organized by the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) led by Alexander Wurz, Jenson Button, and Sebastian Vettle that inquired the Formula One enthusiasts to what changes and improvements should Formula One have. The GPDA launched this survey in order to learn the fans’ opinions and recommendations, so that drivers, teams, and organizers of Formula can all work together and try to bring a history-changing event that everyone would anticipate, to make Formula One a better sport catering for all individuals with interests in this field.