This weekend showed us the modernity of Liberty Media butting up against the Jurassic age of Bernie with a spectacular american spectacle. With bobby duffer doing boxing style announcements, confetti and eagles everywhere it showed how f1 is open for business with arms and legs wide as it wants as many people as possible to climb inside.
Then the race ended on a penalty that no once guessed, made a mockery of the podium celebration and led thousands of people to question why they were allowed to go over the lines most of the times if not all of them.
Let me reaffirm, Verstappen is a dirty cheat who gained an unfair advantage. But is it his fault, or is he the symptom of a broken age of F1 design.
I watched with a friend who is not as f1 fan and for most of the race and quali she questioned quite why they are sliding all over the not very subtle lines onto the ridiculous Stars and Stripes run off areas, though as an aside I do want more flag themed run offs at other tracks, if not just to have those bores that moan when the Union Jack is upside down.
It’s quite simple, if you give drivers room to run off they will runoff
Don't worry, I have a solution
Gravel. It’s not high tech and it’s dirt cheap at home base but let’s bring back gravel, or big bunkers, or water features, crocodiles, massive spikes, electrified fences, or my own personal favorite, gunge. I’ve always said that f1 should be more like the fun house with pat sharp so now here’s your chance. Yes it might be dangerous but if going wide ends your race you won’t go wide. If there was a grizzly bear with a shotgun on that bend then Max wouldn’t have cheated
F1 will act slowly on this so if you are going to one of the remaining races this season do a great escape and have gravel in your trousers, wander on to the track between sessions and whistle as you dump your load on the run off area.