It seems that there are a few concerns over the future of F1 this week – both Adrian Newey and Luca di Montezemolo have expressed concerns, so we’ll be talking about all of it on tomorrow’s #F1Chat. We’ll also be looking ahead to this weekend’s return to Austria. Here’s what’s coming up…
It was revealed last week that Adrian Newey will be stepping back from his role as chief technical officer at Red Bull because of his frustrations over the tightening regulations in Formula One – what do you think about this news and the impact it may have on the Red Bull team? He’s since said that he is worried that the lock down on the sport’s power unit designs over the next few years could result in a single manufacturer being left with a permanent advantage – thoughts on this comment? He’s also suggested if it happens, those who are behind could choose to turn their backs on the sport – what do you think of this?
In other news, Luca di Montezemolo has written to Bernie Ecclestone calling for a meeting between key figures of the sport to get together to discuss the direction of the sport over fears that the sport is neglecting fans and sponsors and is declining in interest. He wants to bring together the sport’s key stakeholders, including the teams, media, television companies and race promoters to discuss what is going wrong and how it should be fixed. He also wants to involve social media platforms and companies such as Google and Apple. What do you think about this? Is F1 losing it’s way? Is it harder for the sport to attract a younger generation of fans? What are your thoughts on how F1 has evolved over the years? Are you still as interested as you always have been?
Toto Wolff thinks that double points in Abu Dhabi will be key for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in this year’s championship – the Mercedes drivers have been closely matched this season, so do you think double points could decide the championship?
Finally, looking ahead to this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix – what are your predictions? Who do you think will be on pole? Who will win? Are you looking forward to the return of the circuit?
Join us tomorrow at the usual time of 4pm Eastern US, 9pm UK – follow @F1Chat for the questions and use the #F1Chat hashtag to send us your answers. As always, we look forward to chatting tomorrow.