Without sounding too nationalistic, even though we freely admit our remarks are coloured by recent events, we have a suggestion that would make Formula 1 racing a true competition:
The car and driver that/who goes the fastest and finishes the entire race ahead of any others is the winner.
The recent dust-up that resulted in Perth native Daniel Ricciardo being disqualified from his second place finish in Melbourne’s Australian Grand Prix is of course the source of our ire, but this is by no means the first and only occasion where officialdom run amuck has resulted in the outcomes of events being altered.
One of the greatest and purest aspects of the majority of true sporting competitions is that the winner is determined by the result.
Judging controversies and Formula 1 racing seem to go hand in hand and is often so comical that comparisons betwixt it and figure skating are inevitable.
Coming as it did at the start of the F1 season, one can only be left to wonder what new surprises racing stewards have up their sleeves as drivers and racing teams compete not only to see who is the best driver and has the best car, but who can also conform to regulations that seemingly get increasingly complex and vague with each new change to the rules of racing.
We can certainly agree, at least to the greater extent, that performance enhancing substances pose a risk to athletes, but is not the very essence of motor sports the out-and-out quest for enhanced car performance?
Whilst we are not by any means advocating a return to the Anything Goes era of auto racing, it is becoming increasingly difficult to grant credibility to a sport where the final outcome is not known until well after the event is concluded.
The job of racing stewards should be to ensure that no one competitor gains an unfair advantage over the others. When it becomes a matter of trying to regulate sanctioning technology that is of questionable reliability, then it becomes a judged event rather than a true competition.
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