So I know I am one of a few faithful, that still watch the sport. Will see if there is enough activity for me to keep this thread going.
The 2018 entry list has been released… only 2 rookies this year.
No more Grid Girls for F1 - and Formula E mocks F1 for doing it a year after they did.
A year after Formula E dropped grid girls F1 has followed suit and the all-electric series is revelling in its role as trend-setter.
“We are glad to welcome F1 to the 21st century,” said a spokesman for Formula E according to Reuters.
“Formula E stopped using grid girls last year already but we just didn’t feel the need to shout about it,” they added.
Indeed, the electric series has adopted the practice of “grid kids”, whereby youngsters hoping to make it into the sport perform the relevant duties and functions.
“It’s a great and emotional experience for these kids to be on the starting grid, next to the drivers and cars that they might drive one day,” said the Formula E spokesman, “so hopefully it also works as a good motivation for them.”
Meanwhile the furore over F1’s decision continues, with Bernie Ecclestone against the move.
“I can’t see how a good-looking girl standing with a driver and a number in front of a Formula One car can be offensive to anybody,” he told the Sun.
“They are all nicely dressed,” added the former F1 supremo, who met his former wife Slavica when she was a grid girl at Monza. “I would think people like Rolex and Heineken wouldn’t have girls there who weren’t presentable.”
“Where is this leading?” moaned Niki Lauda to Austria’s Der Standard newspaper. “If you follow through like this, you soon won’t have any cheerleaders anymore in the U.S.”
Races will start 10mins past the hour . . . .
As expected, ahead of the new season F1 has announced changes to the race start and session times.
From Melbourne all races will start at ten minutes past the hour, Formula One Management reasoning that: “Some broadcasters usually go on air precisely on the hour, hence missing the tension and emotion that characterize the minutes before the start of each Grand Prix. Thanks to this change, television viewers will be brought closer to the teams and the drivers and fully enjoy the spectacle offered just before the red lights go out.”
An additional change sees all sessions at the European rounds and in Brazil, start an hour later than usual. Again, FOM argues: “Research has indicated that a wider TV audience is reachable later in the afternoons, especially in the summer months. Consequently, it has been decided to move the schedule of every session back by one hour across the whole weekend for each of the above-mentioned Grands Prix.”
“Other minor adjustments have been made in order to avoid clashes with other major sports events like the FIFA World Cup,” added FOM, “to allow for differing sunset times, and to attract a wider attendance to promoters’ events.”