F1 Determined to Revive the Sport

The 2017 F1 season is just weeks away. Since Rosberg’s win in Abu Dhabi, the teams have been tinkering away under the new regulations. Will the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari have done enough or are we set for yet another year of Mercedes dominance?

Real talk: F1 is a sport in dire need of a change. And that change is coming. The Liberty Media acquisition, the revamped regulations, and new driver appointments are all waves that are meant to shake up the sport – are they going to be enough or are we just going to see ripples instead?

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 27: Chase Carey, Chairman of Formula One Group walks in the Paddock ahead of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and Pasquale Lattuneddu of FOM before the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 27: Chase Carey, Chairman of Formula One Group walks in the Paddock ahead of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and Pasquale Lattuneddu of FOM before the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

McLaren’s Jenson Button spoke up recently in regards to this. Button is transitioning to more of an ambassadorial position for 2017 and seems to remain and active player in the ongoing discussion about the state of the sport. It’s clear that although he’s skeptical of it happening overnight, he does want to see a more dynamic and engaging viewership experience emerge.

“We all want a positive season, it’s important for F1 to have many teams fighting at the front. We definitely need that after the last three years.

For anyone to catch Mercedes is a big ask, it really is. They’ve been so strong the last three years. Nobody knows with completely different regulations.

With the way the regulations are now, there’s a lot more drag. So you need massive amounts of power, which Mercedes seems to have. I think if anyone challenges them, then they’ll have done a great job over this winter. And with the new regulations, it’s very positive for the sport, something that it also needed. We’ve got to hope that this is the start of great things for Formula 1 in the future.”

– Jenson Button

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 27: Jenson Button of Great Britain driving the (22) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H Hybrid turbo leads Daniil Kvyat of Russia driving the (26) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 27: Jenson Button of Great Britain driving the (22) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H Hybrid turbo leads Daniil Kvyat of Russia driving the (26) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Changing a sport doesn’t happen with just one individual. It will be interesting to see what the comments on the upcoming changes are from all levels of the sport. Change is never an easy thing to adjust to, and yet it’s all this sport can do to stay alive.