you risk another competitor taking points off of you
, kick them to the kerb, and you’re considered F1’s anti-christ for making arguably, the right call, even if you look terrible in the process. Not a great situation. If I was in their shoes, I’d have veto’ed too. You could get a slice of their money and its one less team to worry about. What do you gain from letting them race? Fan support? Fan support doesn’t pay the bills.
And looking at Marussia, they now have to build an entirely new car in about 3 months in order to make the Bahrain Grand Prix (Round 4 of the Championship, as you’re allowed to make 3 rounds). And it’s not like they were a competitive team to begin with. And with no Caterham around, their lack of pace is going to be a walking advertisement for inequality in F1 payment.
Marussia were already several seconds a lap off of being a true points contenders on a regular basis. Now they have to play catch up and are running a team already heavily in debt. In my opinion, there’s a very strong chance they’re going to be exposed as a team being lapped several times, and struggling to make the 107% rule. Ask yourself this, as an F1 fan, is this what you REALLY want to see here? A team constantly playing catch-up, purely for the sake of it, with next to no chance of real progression? Think, if you’re an investor, how MASSIVE a gamble it would be to try and save the team.
I seriously fear that Marussia will forever be chasing the bigger teams with more spending power, and with little revenue on the cards for being at the back for so long, they’ll eventually run out of money and collapse again. Then what do we all say?
Don’t think this is an angry rant piece against Marussia. I’ve said time, and time again, that they should be applauded on their achievements in just 5 years in the sport, and they’re clearly a very well liked team for showing such great spirit but I think this sets a dangerous precedent, and it doesn’t make anybody look good having a team be so blatantly at the back. And the reason we give it a pass, is because here in the UK, we Brits love ourselves an underdog. We all loved Minardi back in the day for the same reasons, because they were plucky. This isn’t the same mind you.
And don’t think it’s a piece where I’m throwing Force India under the bus either. Rational choice theory, the concept of looking after #1, will always take precedent over the popular pick, and they were backed into a corner. What I’m saying here is, take a look a bigger picture, and realize what we’re dealing with, and why the F1 strategy group continues to be a flawed system that causes more problems than it solves, and the ripple effect of that affects teams, bosses, and us the fans.
As for Marussia, as much as I appreciate what they’re trying to do, it’s never a nice thing being the band that doesn’t know when to end the song.