A formula one teams’ ability to predict the future is becoming extremely forthright in the story of a Grand Prix weekend. It is increasingly apparent to me that teams are able to learn far too much about the race in which they are due to compete before it even begins.
Endless simulations allow a group of highly skilled race strategists to map out plans for the infinite possibilities during a two-hour period and never once be caught off guard.
After all it is in a teams’ best interests to ensure that everything to do with their cars runs smoothly and entirely to plan. And while this is thoroughly impressive stuff, and highlights again exactly how incredible the pinnacle of motor sport really is. It still leaves me with an empty feeling as I watch a Grand Prix unfold.
Whilst watching the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday I found myself sat back on my sofa waiting for the laps to count down as the teams and drivers competed their programme according the plan the computer had set out for them.
They know the best way, and they know the problems with every other option. There is only one quickest way, and that’s the route they will take.
There is no risk to be taken, its all worked out precisely to the nano second. It has become too easy for teams to understand the Grand Prix and understand exactly the situation they are in at all times.
Sport should have an air of unpredictability surrounding it. In any sport, there is always a feeling somewhere in the back of our minds that we aren’t quite certain what’s going to happen next. The trouble I’m finding with F1 is that the participants are always one step ahead. Teams are assisted so brilliantly with technology that they and their cars are virtually infallible.
This leaves the only possible random element with the drivers. The trouble is these are formula one drivers, the best drivers in the world.