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New F1 rules prove the FIA are out of touch with fans

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Being a fan of the world's biggest motor sport category can often lead to a number of contrasting experiences.

Unlike football it is not always a sport you can spend hours talking to your friends about at the local or for those female fans F1 probably comes way after boys or fashion on a girls night out.

We are very specialised people, some join the same tribal traits you get in football by being a stalwart McLaren fan, or in my case a Red Bull fan, others just watch for the thrill of seeing some of the fastest cars in the world thrash round the world's greatest racetracks.

Mocking 

We often get mocked for following what some see as not a sport, they say 'What's the point in watching 22 cars go round the same track 60 odd times?'.

Of course we retaliate saying 'What's the point in watching 22 boys with perfect hairstyles falling over a lot for 90 minutes?', and as a die-hard Liverpool fan I can't say too much particularly with Luis Suarez in my team!

Most who know very little about the sport we love say the only excitement is when they crash and without that its as dull as dishwater.

While those of us who do know what we're watching enjoy the strategical aspect and, as much as they have been criticised in the four seasons they have been in sport, look for the exciting battles that might be brewing as tyres degrade and then watch as DRS allow them to overtake.

Yawn, yawn, yawn say those who think we have lost our marbles and go off and do something else as our patience eventually pays off.

Recent years

In recent years, however, it has been very difficult for us die-hard F1 fans to really fight the cause against those who think we have gone crazy.

With Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull cruising to four straight world titles with apparent ease the spectacle that the sport needs to win over the doubters has often not been there.

For 2014 most saw the chance for major change and perhaps a return of all out warfare in the battle for the championship.

Instead we have been treated to another team, Mercedes, taking over Red Bull's reigns and win all bar one of the races so far with six one-two finishes.

There is an argument being made that this is somehow better than Red Bull's domination of the past few years because there are two drivers battling for victory rather than one.

Sadly, it shows how desperate some fans have become. To make matters worse we now have quieter engines and cars so ugly it looks like something Frankenstein would make.

Solutions, as the FIA describe them, are being found to both those little issues in a vain hope the casual fan can be drawn back.

Ideas for the ugly noses, which engineers will likely find a way around, are coming for 2015, while this week, Mercedes trialled a 'megaphone' exhaust in Barcelona. The result, well to be honest the look was laughable and the difference in sound, minuscule at best.

Then we are hearing reports of ideas to make the sport look more spectacular, in Austria two drivers trialled a titanium skidblock which could create artificial sparks, other suggestions include vapour trails and glowing brake discs.

I'm sorry am I watching a world-class motor sport or a version of WWE on wheels? What's next? Asking Esteban Gutierrez to suplex Pastor Maldonado into the tyre wall next time the pair collide?

The Venezuelan himself could probably entertain the crowds with a one man demolition derby but still don't let me put ideas into the FIA's heads.

It's ridiculous, sure the sparks look amazing on the bumpy streets of Singapore and the vapour trials awesome on a humid day at Silverstone but will having that on a more regular basis really attract fans?

The yesterday one of the strangest ideas to date was made an official regulation for 2015.

After a Safety Car period, the cars will line up in order on the starting grid and the normal start procedure will then restart the race.

I mean seriously what is the point? The brains behind this rule claim there is not enough action from the current rolling starts and this will create the drama that the start does.

Well I'm not sure about other F1 fans but I can't say I am always on tenterhooks at the start of a race.

I know the hardcore fans hate the idea but something like the double points race in Abu Dhabi does actually hold some value, casual fans love the idea of a last race championship showdown and that is pretty much what this rule guarantees.

Drama

In fact if the sport really wanted to create some drama, cut costs for smaller teams and do something that might just attract new fans, I would take this idea further.

Why not hold a final five race end of season series, similar to what the PGA Tour does with the Fedex Cup?

For a 20-race calendar, after 15 races the top 12 drivers in the championship enter a final five-race showdown with double points at each race and the driver with the most points after the final race is crowned champion.

This would certainly attract casual fans for the final races, the argument of one bad race costing a driver the championship is taken away and the smaller teams would have a smaller calendar and therefore smaller costs.

If the bosses want to make some money they could offer a final five race slot for a higher price or even sell naming rights for the series.

Just imagine it the Rolex Formula 1 Showdown Series, the 12 best drivers with a maximum of 250 points up for grabs, that would certainly be entertaining and better than standing Safety Car restarts that's for sure.

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