The premier Motorsports for two-wheeled and four-wheeled action have come to a head once again over scheduling, but who will bend first: MotoGP or Formula One?
Being the premier class of their respective sports, both Formula One and MotoGP do their best to let the other go about their business without too much bustle around the head of the other.
That’s all well and good when it works, but it seems to work so seldom. The two top-tier motorsport leagues will have scheduled a total of eight clashing races for the 2017 calendar year. Not a problem for someone that has access to a DVR-like function, but absolutely anathema to those that don’t – forcing fans to choose between one or the other, and cutting into the ratings of the sport that loses out.
F1 Managing Director Ross Brawn has made it clear that he has no intention of letting there become any bad blood between the two sports – going so far as to travel to Barcelona to meet with Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta to see if the two sports could usher in a new future together:
“We’re not too proud to consult with other championships and work out the best way forward. It’s difficult to juggle dates, and you can’t always achieve what you want, but at least we’re having a dialogue to try and work it out.” – Ross Brawn
Brawn went on to reiterate a past claim that he’s made before in regard to MotoGP, chiefly that he admires the nature in which the sport has a clear and observable progression of a rider’s skill throughout the years – something that F1 finds itself distinctly lacking, and with good reason. How many times in past years has the claim been levied against young F1 drivers that were “too young” or “too inexperienced” to be in the multi-million dollar machines?
“I like the meritocracy that they have between Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP. think it’s interesting looking at the commercial side, the way they structure the teams and the deals and the way it works for the customer teams.
We should have the 22 or 24 best drivers in the world in Formula 1. There are commercial considerations, which means we don’t always achieve that. It’s a complex problem because you have to put the teams in a position where they don’t have to make those commercial decisions, they just make the decision based on the strongest drivers they can find.” – Ross Brawn
While the future of Formula One is guaranteed to undergo sweeping changes under the new administration of Liberty Media, the shockwaves will be definitely felt in the newly re-named F2 and F3 classes – and it’s a change that can only work to benefit and unify the sport.