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Senna issues warning regarding F1’s future

Sustainability. Defined as the ability or capacity for something to be maintained, featuring an element of futurity. Having started in 1950, F1 has proved to be a sustainable concept for years, yet the GPDA’s shocking letter, directed at the sport’s governing body, has highlighted the questions beginning to emerge in regards to sustainability. Former F1 driver Bruno Senna has backed the letter and himself questioned how the sport, in its current state, can be considered as future-proof.

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Broken politics saves elimination qualifying from dustbin

Just one day after the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) released a damning statement in regards to the political structure of the sport, F1 has found itself hamstrung once again. Following an anti-climatic and uninspiring qualifying session in Australia – which debuted the brand new for 2016 elimination format – teams, fans and drivers have lobbied for a change back to the 2015 rules. However, a lack of unanimity has stopped such a change from happening.

F1 is left with egg on its face once again, as Bahrain will play host to a decidedly below par qualifying event.

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Elimination qualifying: gimmick over logic?

As social media was meant to be winding down following a fascinating second day of winter testing, Twitter was instead whipped up into a frenzy last night, as news of a radical and imminent change to the qualifying format broke. During a meeting of the F1 Commission, the teams have decided to overhaul the qualifying hour, introducing an elimination style session which is expected to be implemented for this season.

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Safe to say, the news has divided opinion, with the majority siding with the likes of Karun Chandhok

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Refueling Return Among Proposals

F1’s Strategy Group reconvened earlier this week and the six teams incorporated in the body certainly had a productive meeting, with a number of proposed changes for the 2017 season securing column inches on Fleet Street’s back pages. The most notable proposal will see refueling return after initially being axed at the end of 2009 – an announcement which has divided the sport’s fanbase. In addition, allowing the team’s to choose their own tyre compounds before the start of a race weekend and the introduction of higher revving engines, are both accompanying proposals. However, it is the aforementioned refueling return which has fueled current debate.

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Will Pay Drivers Become A Phenomenon Of The Past?

A trending topic among F1 fans of late has been the FIA’s overhaul of the super licence qualification system. The points formula, which is set to shape the career’s of up-coming talents, has been an aspect under particular scrutiny with many high profile analysts questioning whether the system will stifle young drivers in junior formula. However, a counter argument to this which has been proclaimed is the fact that experience will now be valued more highly and that pay drivers entering the sport will become a phenomenon of the past. The validity of the latter statement is questionable.

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Restrictive New Super Licence Rules

When the announcement that then 16-year-old Max Verstappen was to claim a seat in Formula One for 2015, hit the back pages, a smorgasbord of opinions on the matter were proclaimed. Some analysts stated that his age and lack of experience was a fundamental issue, while other coined the phase, “if he is good enough, he is old enough.” However, such a debate is unlikely to ever happen again, as yesterday, the FIA unveiled a new method of qualifying for the all important super licence and for any young drivers embarking on their journey towards the sport, their task has become significantly harder.

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