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    What do we think of Liberty's 1st year in charge?

    It was a very pointed question made by Bernie Ecclestone during the season when he said he had not seen what Liberty has done so far. While fan access has been improved with post race interviews been conducted in front of the main grandstand with the podium cars and driver in clear and easy view of the fans. Their engine blueprint for 2020 has left the manufacturers abit cold. With Ferrari threatening to quit the sport if they are not happy. It was said the teams are been awarded less money than they received in the Ecclestone era.

    It would seem that underneath the fanfare of the F1 roadshow, there is a brewing discontent. The stage is not much different than it was under the Ecclestone wheeling and dealing. Redbull is as usual trying to find a way to get closer to Mercedes and Ferrari by insisting of engine parity. No doubt they have Mclaren in their corner. The engine Manufacturers have closed ranks to protect their investments in the Hybrid engine. The smaller teams just simply want more money or just make it cheaper to compete. Outside to this theater of F1 politics are potential new joiners such as engine manufacturers looking to fill the voids at Redbull and Mclaren. These lot are worried they would not be able to benefit from a continued hybrid engine platform which Honda has clearly shown is not as easy as it seems.

    One thing is clear, Liberty has a good working relationship with the FIA in seems. And they have the buy in of the teams into their promise to make the sport more appealing to a wider audience. But losing Malaysia with Silverstone seeking to bow out earlier from their contact, could have been seen as a dent in their Armour. But some how in the face of it, they have managed to increase the number of races in 2018 to 21 races with Paul Ricard etc rejoining the calendar.

    We cannot expect the promise of change to occur in one year, hence on the balance we could say that Liberty have kept the ship steady but have choppy waters ahead.

    But there is one question that l like to ask, what would be the impact to the formula if Ferrari decides to pull out of it? I have heard mostly older generation F1 pundits and fans say it would be debilitating to the stature of the fomula, but younger generation pundits and fans alike do not think Ferrari has the impact it use to have in modern day F1.

    I personally think, it probably would not be very appealing to Mercedes and possibly Renault if Ferrari is not in the formula. They each need a yardstick to measure their achievement against. And Ferrari as the most successful and oldest team on the grid is such a yardstick. Chances are, these manufacturers may reduce their commitment to the formula in the absence of Ferrari on the grid. The manufacturer teams may withdraw but continue to supply engines. This is where the stature of the formula would suffer as it becomes a battle of customer teams. A scenario that would make Redbull the king of the paddock with Mclaren their closest rival initially.
    Last edited by Nitrodaze; 1st December 2017 at 18:35.
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