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+1 I liked the 80s system because there was a human element to lapping. It was fun watching some drivers being really cooperative while others even blocked on purpose depending on the relationship of the drivers off circuit.
Of course, total speculation...but from comments made by Bernie and Horner I think it is safe to speculate that there was an actual gentleman's agreement made between all of the them in some private meeting. Pending a few details to be sorted out I think everyone in that meeting thought that was the direction things would proceed. With this gentleman's agreement (of course not formalized) Horner/Red Bull proceeded to tell Renault to go screw themselves, and Toto/Lauda took...
By "deal" I mean gentleman's agreement between Toto/Lauda, Horner, and Ecclestone. Basically an agreement was made between them and they just needed to hash out a few details before they formalized this. I think it's reasonable to assume that between the time the agreement was made and was going through the process of being formalized, the Mercedes heads/board decided differently. After they decided to back out, Toto/Lauda used the excuse described in the article above.
I think that's just an excuse by Mercedes to back out of the deal. Probably a deal was made between Toto/Lauda, Horner, and Ecclestone, but the Mercedes company heads decided differently and they had to back out. Red Bull not getting back to Toto on the small points in time is just an excuse as something minor like that would not make a deal fall through unless there was something else major going on behind the scenes.
I was watching the Sky coverage and Martin Brundle called it correctly in real time.
I don't mind that much about the privacy aspect and when I do I just take extra measures to protect it where I can. Personally I don't think it's the advertising that's the problem, it's that all this data will be used to create various forms of artificial intelligence. I guess in a sense the advertising is a very simple form of this. In time (or maybe already happening) this will all be able to control you (or parts of you) without you even knowing because the data being...
You have to keep in mind that even in a democracy there is self interest involved. It serves the self interests of the majority...which sounds like a good thing, but it is not necessarily. Not always, but usually, the majority consists of the losers (that's why they are the majority), and the winners only make up a small group (that's why they are winners). So in a democracy, you basically have a bunch of losers dictating policy, vision, and making the decisions if they...
You said it better than I. When I was posting I had CART in my mind as a democratic example, as I was a fan of CART back in the day.
I don't know if any of the things you've described really have much do with the leadership system though (dictatorship vs democracy). To me, it sounds like you are complaining more about the current rules which is not under Bernie's control (directly), and also the current dominance of Mercedes...which really is not much different than the Senna/Prost era. F1 will never be like DTM or MotoGP and it never was even when it was exciting. The teams/cars were never close like...
I don't think it's the system that's superior (partnerships vs dictatorship-style)...you can have a lousy partnership as well as a lousy leader. You can also have a great partnership or a great leader. I'm not saying having a strong leader is the perfect system, but it certainly helps. Having a good democratic system is less-risky, but not necessarily superior. Also, yes DTM is much more fun to watch for a racing fan, but success-wise, F1 is far superior. DTM is only for...
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