For many years, F1 seemed to do fine with low-revving V8s, L4ts and V6ts. Are you suggesting F1 really started in 1989 and everything up to that point was just boring, second-tier racing?
Uhm... it's not 1989?
F1 has a lot more to compete with these days for one's Entertainment Dollar; and ironically, unless one wants to say "let's get rid of tv coverage!" you've got to have a motivating factor for someone to go to the races.
Otherwise Bernie may as well just have them run around in karts at Paul Ricard every other weekend. I'd watch, it would be interesting. But it wouldn't be Formula One, and the viscerally exciting aspects of it would, "more than likely" create a wayyyyyy smaller audience.
If one wants to get right down to it, karts are pure racing. There really isn't any reason to have bigger, faster or stronger vehicles to *race* with. By the same token, nobody *really* needs a 60" tv to watch an F1 race, do they? Do we really need color tv? IPods? Loud rock concerts with lots of lighting effects? We don't *really* need a rock concert to be loud, and one can see a band perfectly well lit by florescent lights.
People are not ascetic monks living on a hill. If a group wants to ask a lot of money from me to see and hear something, *seeing and hearing it in person has to be a dramatic thing*.
Soft cars, bad viewing areas (Montreal - Austin downslope GA?), is NOT how you sell Formula One in the 21st century.
Edited by Rubens Hakkamacher, 01 October 2012 - 16:03.