Christian Horner to Ferrari? – Five things we’d like to see in Formula 1 that will never happen: PlanetF1
Everyone has their opinion on how to make the sport more exciting, and while some of those opinions are more reasonable than others, we can all agree that it’s unlikely to happen.
But what is the harm in speculation? Here are some ideas we have that we would like to see in Formula 1.
The current world champions are on the same team
The obvious (read messy) pairing would be Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen but actually a combination of any of the world champions on the grid would be a great experience.
Let’s start with Hamilton and Verstappen. They are both used to being the main drivers on the team, and that dynamic will be greatly shaped by who goes to which team. Hamilton, who moves to Red Bull, will have to accept that he will play second fiddle to Verstappen, and the same would be true if the opposite were true.
But team politics aside, seeing two very good drivers in the same car will be a captivating watch. The question of how good drivers are compared to each other is always difficult to answer, but it would be much easier if they were in the same car.
The same can be said about Fernando Alonso. Despite missing out on Hamilton’s world title and now one title behind Verstappen, there is a feeling that the Spaniard is as good as either of them, so seeing that will be a fascinating watch.
Of course, having world champions on the same team is not unprecedented (see the Hamilton/Button, Alonso/Raikkonen and Vettel/Raikkonen pairings in the last 15 years), but that prospect seems unlikely these days.
Allowing Formula 1 drivers to compete in other series
In previous years, Formula 1 was not the all-encompassing job it is for a driver these days. Bruce McLaren has been known to compete in a number of competitions, which is a motivating factor behind McLaren choosing to do this today, and although some of their decisions to do so were money-related, many of the drivers from yesteryear get to test their chops in a number of different series. .
But with 24 races scheduled for 2024, the reality is that this current crop isn’t getting the chance to try something different. Let’s say Charles Leclerc wanted to compete at Le Mans with Ferrari, or Fernando Alonso in the Indy 500, but they simply couldn’t due to time constraints in the Formula 1 calendar.
It is something Max Verstappen has hinted at as a motivating factor behind a possible early exit from Formula 1. Wouldn’t it be beneficial to keep the likes of Verstappen in the sport longer if they were allowed more freedom to pursue other interests?
The Triple Crown of motorsport is something that only one man (Graham Hill) has achieved and the way things are now, no driver will ever achieve the feat.
Toto Wolff or Christian Horner to Ferrari
The Red Bull and Mercedes bosses are the two most senior members of the main team and are undoubtedly skilled operators in this role, which begs the question – can they solve Ferrari’s unsolvable problem?
Ferrari is the problem no one has been able to quite solve since they fell far short of their title victories in the 2000s, and although Fred Vasseur is no fool, it is yet to be seen whether he is on the same level as Wolff and Horner.
Move either of these two to Ferrari and let’s see what happens. They have both proven they can build a title-winning team, so if they fail at Ferrari, does that prove there is an inherent problem with the oldest and most successful team in Formula 1?
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Remove weather radar
If you’ll give us the chance to be a little silly, may we offer to remove the weather radars? While Bernie Ecclestone’s machine gun idea is as infamous as it is foolish, it could be considered a successor but relies more on nature than artificial excitement.
Given the sheer amount of data available to teams in 2023, some of the sport’s unpredictability has been lost.
Data certainly helps make racing more exciting, but as a silly experiment, it will be interesting to see how teams would fare without complex, high-tech weather radars. What if they have to rely on the systems we use instead?
Go back to the Dutch Grand Prix this season and imagine that start if no one knew what was coming next from the weather gods.
Being a beginner in Formula 1 is tough. You go from minimal driving to suddenly having to compete, and as Logan Sargent discovered, if you don’t hit the ground running quickly, the pressure can be enormous.
With the Formula 1 testing rules as they are, any opportunity for drivers to get used to a Formula 1 car before their debut is limited but why not give them a race scenario that will help them prepare better?
We’re not asking for a race to be removed from the calendar but instead, how about having an extra race on one Saturday every weekend of the year? Allow teams to build a third car this weekend outside the cost cap and it will give the rookies some valuable race time in an F1 car.
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