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Bernie’s Shortcut Solution Not Liked By Drivers

Bernie Ecclestone’swants to put shortcuts in at F1 tracks.  Yes, you read that correctly.  The stalwart of F1 wants to put in shortcuts so that the drivers wouldn’t get stuck behind slower cars.  They could be used up to 5 times per race.

Now, in theory it seems possible but when you think about it, its just silly.  It would seriously degrade the sport, and some of the circuits just couldn’t have shortcuts.  Where would you put them at Monaco for example?!

Bernie was defiant yesterday evening with his ideas.

“You wouldn’t get stuck behind a slower car,” he explained. “It would be great for TV. I’ve tried to push the teams on this because I don’t think the efforts to increase overtaking are working, but they haven’t gone for it.”

Lotus driver Jarno Trulli scoffed at the plans, however he admitted that F1 did need livening up a bit

“I think Bernie sometimes has very clear ideas, but this [proposal] is just not possible in Formula One,” Trulli told Reuters.

“This is not a game, this is a sport.”

“We need to find a way to make this sport more interesting,” Trulli added. “To make it more spectacular we need to race wheel by wheel and cars have to be close to each other – those sorts of things. But we don’t have to really invent new things. [NASCAR] has been very clever and very good in making sure that it keeps the rules very consistent over the years by not changing them too much, otherwise people at home will get confused.”

Yes, the sport needs livening up but I don’t think shortcuts are the best idea!


2 responses

  1. Fred Schechter

    Other ideas Bernie floated
    1.Loop the loop
    2.LeMans style start
    3.Driver must get out and diaper a baby during pit stops

    Seriously Bernie. This is a ludicrous option, “The bypass”

    You get a medal for that.
    Oh,, right.

    That was dumb too.

    January 14, 2010 at 8:05 pm

  2. Le Mans style start would be cool, if utterly impractical. But a massive LOL from me at those other Bernie ideas !!!

    January 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

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