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Formula one - are excessive rules ruining the sport?

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Yesterday, Lewis Hamilton achieved an emphatic victory in the Monza Grand Prix, finishing the race exactly 25 seconds ahead of second place Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton's fastest lap of 1’26.672 was 0.395 seconds quicker than team mate Nico Rosberg's and 0.704 quicker then the third fastest lap which was achieved by Vettel.

Although this was a incredible display of dominance from Lewis Hamilton it made me realise just how much slower modern day Formula One is getting.


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Formula One has been losing support over recent years with many believing that it has lost much of its excitement due to excessive amounts of safety procedures being put in place following the untimely and tragic deaths of Formula One stars including Ayrton Senna and, much more recently, Jules Bianchi.

Whilst the FIA (International Automobile Federation) have rightly introduced several safety features, the sport has been steadily becoming slower and subsequently less thrilling over the years. 

Take Lewis Hamilton's fastest lap in Monza for instance. Although it was much quicker than anyone else on the track it was considerably slower than the Formula One lap record of 1:21.046 set by Rubens Barrichello during the 2004 Italian Grand Prix. 

In fact a total of 11 track records were set in 2004 and haven't been beaten since.

Different times

Formula One was an entirely different sport in 2004. The cars boasted massive V10 engines which were capable of close to 1000bhp outputs, much bigger than the scaled down V6 engines that are used today. 

Teams could choose which tires they wanted to use and who they were made by creating a vaster competition and adding a new dynamic to each race. 

Qualifying was much more exiting as teams could have qualifying set ups and rebuild overnight for the race, something which isn't allowed in modern Formula One. 

The excitement of pits stops and strategical racing is a thing of the past also. Due to teams not being able to refuel cars at pit stops each car has to carry much bigger fuel cells meaning that they are less aerodynamic and therefore slower. 

What lies ahead

Unfortunately the sport doesn't look like it's going to getter any more exciting owing to the overzealous rule making that is getting stricter with each passing year.

The new FIA Formula one rules for the 2015 season are plentiful and don't allow teams to show off their capabilities with many left to seek ways to manipulate them to gain an advantage.

I believe Formula One should be the pinnacle of motor racing. A platform for car manufacturers to show off their capabilities and educate us all about how fast we as a species are capable of going.

Track times shouldn't be slower with each passing year they should be getter quicker as technology and knowledge evolves. I don't want to see drivers cruising around a track in complete safety, I want to see drivers put on a pedestal for risking life and limb to achieve their goals.

Where will Formula One be in another Ten-years-time? No doubt slower and certainly less glamorous. 

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