The FIA is the most archaic, moribund, paralyzed - and polarizing - racing organization this side of NASCAR, and that's saying something. But the difference is that the FIA controls all of racing with their juvenile squabbles and nonsensical missives, and thus their abject incompetence spreads like a dark cloud over the entire sport.
... they're perfectly content believing that the world revolves around them, while the entire sport is collapsing on their heads.
Anyone who things that BMW's pullout of Formula 1 is just another little speed bump for the grand circus dominated by Max Mosley - ably assisted by his vertically challenged compatriot, Bernard Ecclestone - is woefully out of touch. What these manufacturers are saying point blank is that the old F1 model is flat-out obsolete, and that they cannot and will not compete again until the sport is aligned more with where their massive research and development budgets are aimed, which is high-performance with fuel-efficiency, sustainability and environmental responsibility.
In other words, the FIA had many, many warning signs that the world was going in this direction, and the manufacturers made it very clear that they needed to focus on these new environmentally-oriented parameters in order to transform their corporate missions for the future. And the FIA should have anticipated and responded to the changing winds by throwing out the traditional rule book and totally reinventing the sport.
And yet what do those brainiacs at the FIA do instead? They focus on a series of Byzantine directives designed to cut costs, which in turn has sent the sport into a tailspin, while the manufacturers start packing up and going home.
... bring the wild creativity back to the sport and in turn give the manufacturers a new raison d'etre for Formula 1. In other words, give them something to sink their teeth into - like a direct link to what they're doing in their future product development programs, for starters - so that they can justify devoting a large chunk of their R&D budgets to their boards of directors. Because as of right now no scenario exists in F1 that will allow them to do that.
Edited by DOF_power, 05 August 2009 - 14:49.