The F1 BlogWe have been very keenly following the comments on two posts, Alonso’s keen to spoil Schu’s retirement party and Poll: In Monaco qualifying, did Schumi stopped deliberately ?. And there are allegations and cross-allegations flying every where.

The point that we saw in all the controversies was that there was no details available from FIA or any of the teams/drivers involved. Yes, we know that this has been the case for a long while now, but given the current storm the sport is facing, everything should be much more transparent.

If we take the Monaco incident, All Ferrari said was that they provided the telemetry data to FIA to go though & they tried to clear the doubts but stewards never listened. FIA on their part slapped the penalty. And all that remained after that were the unanswered question. What did the telemetry data showed that prompted FIA to slap the penalty ? What was Ferrari trying to tell the stewards ? Fast forward to Monza, and the same questions again crop up and again no answers were provided by FIA, except the stupid rule being changed.

But there was much more hue-and-cry this time because, first, Fernando Alonso is trying to retain his championship in a car that suddenly seems slower than Ferrari’s & McLaren’s and secondly because unlike Jean Todt & Michael Schumacher, Flavio Briatore & Fernando Alonso decided to be much more vocal about it [and in this process questioning the Formula-1 in itself, which even we believe was totally uncalled for].

The other problem has been that the people [FIA] who should be giving answers to the questions are the one who try to create more instability. Bernie Ecclestone & Max Mosely does not seems to be on the same page anymore, most of the time both are giving contradictory statements, if Max comes out in support of something, you can be sure Bernie will oppose it [most of the time].

The solution [again as we see it] is in fact very simple. First, make Formula-1 more transparent and provide complete data in support of the decisions that are taken. Second, all teams & drivers should be asked to issue a informal statement regarding the decision. Third [and most important], ask Bernie & Mad Max to think before they issue a statement, they are doing more harm than good to the sports, or take a step forward and ask both of them to retire and let young blood take Formula-1 to new heights.

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  1. Keith says:

    I couldn’t agree more about increasing the transparency of decision making.

    If they actually do get this PR team they were talking about a few months ago the first thing they should do is sort out how they communicate things like the Alonso and Schumacher penalties we have seen this year to the public.

  2. Neeraj says:

    I agree Keith, a good PR agency can do a world of difference for Formula-1 and I think that is the need-of-the-hour.

  3. Taker says:

    I think the first thing the FIA has to do is reduce the number of rules and give the teams more freedom in the design of the cars. The FIA should interfere only in matters of safety. Another thing is that the rules should be unambigous and easy to monitor. Both the controversies that we have seen this year regarding the Ferrari wings and the Renault Mass Dampers were because the FIA couldnt make the rules unambigous. The same happened in 2003.
    The FIA has this habit of making up rules without properly thinking them over and when teams start exploiting loop holes, they wake up and then issue clarifications and make rule changes. This should change.
    Another thing is that whenever the stewards penalize someone, full evidence on which the penalty was based should be shown to the fans. This would prevent people like Flavio Briatore from making wild allegations in the media.

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