Last year was a year of dominance for Red Bull, regardless of that, 2011 provided us with an interesting year of racing with much of the focus on the mid-field.
Instead of cheering on the big teams, fans found themselves excited when Team Caterham (Known as Lotus last year) started taking on the Toro Rosso’s and most fans will agree that Paul Di Resta was the rookie of the year.
Over the past couple of days I’ve been thinking about what could make 2012 even more interesting, I want to hear your thoughts also.
F1 back on the Beeb. Not likely to happen at all to be honest but the Sky/BBC deal grinds my gears, the entire year should be free to watch.
More competition for Red Bull. After the first few races it was obvious to everyone, even Fernando Alonso, that Vettel would be crowned double world champion by the end of the year. I’m a Red Bull fan don’t get me wrong and I think Sebastian Vettel is fantastic but I want to see them be challenged, even by his own team mate. I want the World Drivers Championship to go down to the last race like it did in Abu Dhabi in 2010. I’d also like it if Red Bull didn’t use team orders again.
Ferrari to sort themselves out. Last year their performance disappointed me and it was probably mostly to do with the dog of a car more than anything, Ferrari’s team principal Stefano Domenicali pretty much admitted this the other day. Fernando Alonso is a great driver and he’s definitely capable of winning a couple more world championships. I wouldn’t mind Felipe Massa performing a little better either. The same goes for McLaren really.
Team Caterham to come into the midfield. They were so exciting to watch towards the end of last year, I’d love to see them taking on Williams and the Toro Rossos’ in every race now.
Bruno Senna to get a race seat. Ayrton Senna was once quoted as saying “If you think I’m fast, just wait until you see my nephew Bruno.” I know some Formula 1 fans don’t think he’s got the talent or potential and think he’s living off his uncle’s name but I disagree. When he stepped in at Lotus (Known as Renault last year) he performed much better than the man he replaced, Nick Heidfeld, who is significantly more experienced and he was on par if not better than his team mate Vitaly Petrov. He has the potential but he needs to be given a real chance. (I’m sorry but HRT doesn’t count)
No Bahrain Grand Prix. Some of you may thing that’s a little too far but until the country has sorted itself out, I personally don’t think it’s right to go there. Especially not when Formula 1 has been linked to causes of the problems. It’s not worth risking fan and driver safety.
Do you agree or disagree with what I have to say? How would your list look? Have your say.