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What was missing from the Canadian GP ?: A marmot as a source of tension

What was the GP Canada lacking?
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D his GP Canada will not be a highlight in the formula 1 story. Winner Lewis Hamilton almost had a laugh when he indirectly asked the question on the winners podium during the interview. 'It was an interesting and intense Grand Prix for me. I don't know how it looked from the outside?' Questioner Ted Kravitz did not dare to give an answer. It would have probably read: 'Pretty boring.' But that would have been politically incorrect. A Canadian daily scoffed: 'The most exciting thing about the race was the question of whether the groundhog survived the trip to the racetrack.'

Fights in midfield are not enough

Mercedes quickly absorbed the negative mood in the paddock and almost apologized for the clear double victory. Nothing is worse for the series winners than giving the critics new food. From a Mercedes point of view, you have to be happy when something like the one in Monte Carlo happens. The media crucified Mercedes for the strategy error, but the scene had provided for five days of conversation. And Formula 1 showed what could be in Monaco in Monaco. It was a turn of direction by 180 degrees. From one second to the next. That was what made this sport what it was.

From the point of view of the observers and the commentators in the social networks, it was a monotonous race, even if Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa provided action with their chases behind. A near collision between Vettel and Hülkenberg and a great duel between Massa and Ericsson do not make up for 91 minutes of light food. But how do you teach the 100 million on the TV screens that good racing is also offered further back in the field?

And is that enough? Aren't we as far as we are in the German Bundesliga, where Bayern Munich are champions, and the reporters are creating an artificial tension with the relegation battle and the race for the Champions League places? TV reporter Martin Brundle warns the masterminds of the sport: '30 years ago you could still inspire hardcore fans with something like this. Today nobody accepts it anymore. Because 90 percent of fans only look at the top. They don't want to know beforehand who wins. The people responsible in Formula 1 have to come up with something. There are too many opportunities today to get at prime timeTo keep busy on Sunday evening. '

No action in the first four places

Marc Surer thinks that Montreal is less forgiving than Barcelona. 'Because we have mostly seen good races there.' Was the criticism exaggerated in the end? Let's take a closer look at the GP Canada. Overtaking maneuvers? There were plenty of them. Vettel alone overtook 14 times Most of the duels were captured by the TV directors. There's nothing to complain about.

Only in the first four places there was no action. If you look at Raikkonen's spin and a few brakes at the Mercedes In the front, Hamilton and Rosberg practiced the pair skating. Somehow you never had the feeling that Rosberg could be dangerous to his teammate. Hamilton's fuel problem was outweighed by Rosberg's brake concerns.

If it was a superior car there must be a duel for the top at least internally the. Like between Niki Lauda and Alain Prost in 1984, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in 1988 and 1989. Or between Hamilton and Rosberg in the first half of the 2014 season. This year the duel is too one-sided. It's a miracle that Hamilton is only 17 points ahead.

We don't want to be unfair. This situation has happened many times in Formula 1. 1963 and 1965 when Jim Clark drove in another league. His Lotus colleagues Trevor Taylor and Mike Spence didn't stand a chance. But it was tolerated. Just like Niki Lauda's solo effort in 1975, Nigel Mansell's one-man show in 1992, Michael Schumacher, who became world champion in 2001, 2002 and 2004 long before the end of the season, or Sebastian Vettel, who drove everything to the ground in 2011 and 2013. Strangely, the very same people who heroized these times are calling for new rules today.

The highly complex engines are still a problem for sport. Because they divide the field into good and bad. Because you can't make up for an engine deficit with a car. In the past, aerodynamics played too big a role, today it is the drive unit. We urgently need an equal weighting. Another problem is that only very few have mastered this technical challenge. That creates hopelessness in half the field. Renault and Honda have so far failed. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner concludes: 'If even global corporations cannot solve the task, it is too difficult.'

Nothing kills sport more than perfection

Modern racing suffers from the superiority of a car or engine more than 20, 30 or 40 years ago. Because the technology minimizes sources of error and the regulations do not prevent the pursuit of perfection. The cars are becoming more and more reliable, the drivers more disciplined and fitter, and the processes in the race are becoming more and more predetermined.

In the past, Hamilton would havewithout extra tutoring from the box have to bring your fuel minus into the plus. Nobody would have told him that 50 meters of 'lift and coast' would be enough. And Rosberg would have been alone with his braking problems.

A lot could be done on this corner. You just have to take away the tools from the teams. Or limit its use. Include more variables that provoke errors. Without it appearing artificial. It is no coincidence that rain races offer the biggest surprises. If motorsport fails to make this unpredictable factor its trademark again, it will run into a problem.

Many spectators found the orders from the pit wall to save fuel or to protect the brakes as irritating . Is that still car racing when you are no longer allowed to drive at full speed? It should be said here that Montreal has always been like that. In the first turbo era, the drivers stopped in rows without petrol on the last laps. And Michael Schumacher only won the duel against his brother in 2003 because he masterfully kept the brakes on to survive. The Ferrari driver also kept doing slow laps in between. The first warning from Ross Brawn reached him after a third of the race.

Incidentally, some things have also improved. It is punished a lot less. In the past, the stewards would have found someone to blame after the duel between Vettel and Hülkenberg. It is also positive that fewer and fewer radio messages are faded out. McLaren used to have pressed the red button when Alonso refused to save fuel.

How do you see the Canadian GP? Was it a sleeping pill crying out for change? Or do we have to endure races like this? Write to us.


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