Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Last Of The New Boys

One thing that F1 Fanatic called my attention to was the fate of the last round of "new teams" that were introduced with such fanfare in 2009:

  • USF1 didn't make it to the first test
  • Campos became HRT and expired at the end of 2012
  • Virgin became Marussia and have deteriorated to the point where they are having to choose drivers with money over drivers with talent
  • Team Lotus became Caterham and has managed to beat Marussa; being in the top 10, they are guaranteed money from the commercial side of Formula 1.
While F1 is supposed to be a meritocracy, and it is a good idea to have more teams than money-paying positions, you want to always have someone on the outside looking in, hungry to join the elite.  That keeps the old guard hungry, and if/when teams fall by the wayside you have someone new ready to pick up the position.