Lines Which Racing Series Can’t Afford To Cross
The sound of Formula One has hit a sour note with fans. (File photo courtesy of the Circuit of the Americas)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
A friend asked the other day: What’s the big deal about the sound of the new Formula One engines? Who the hell cares what kind of sound engines make?
The answers is: Race fans the hell care. A lot. And not just the purist of the pure. Fans – and not just F1 fans – care because racing, like many other sports used to be, is about more than just the score. It’s about seemingly insignificant things adding up to a wonderful whole.
The F1 controversy, of course, was stirred by the FIA’s decision to junk screaming V-8 engines in favor of soft-spoken V-6 hybrids for 2014 for reasons of a cleaner environment. Not that I am against greening up the world – my views on the eco movement would likely get me beat bloody in the infield at Darlington – but moves like this are the kinds of things which convert traditional traditional fans into former fans.
For some of us, Formula One was the ultimate form of racing not so long ago.
It was the technology: Witnessing fighter-jet innovations put the relatively peaceful uses on race tracks was fascinating for those who had even mild interests in physics. It was dang cool to watch racing scientists and engineers trying to outflank the opposition and rule makers alike not from year to year, but from race to race.
It was the driving skill: Back in the day, F1 could legitimately claim that it was the destination of The Best Read the full story »