An Open Letter to Max Mosley: Formula One, If It's Not Broke, Don't Fix It

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An Open Letter to Max Mosley: Formula One, If It's Not Broke, Don't Fix It
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Dear Mr. Mosley

This letter is regarding the issue of cost cutting and other governance issues, introduced by you to try and regulate the Formula One World Championship. Mr. Mosley, what you don't understand, Formula One's spirit is built upon the ideals of competition and innovation.

If your proposed regulations are introduced, everything that has made Formula One great will be gone.  Formula One will become a glorified version of Formula Three or the IndyCar Series. A series where everything one needs to compete is a standard engine supplied by the governing body and a standard chassis.

So Mr. Mosley, if it's not broke, don't fix it. Since the retirement of Michael Schumacher, the 2007 and 2008 championships were extremely competitive and full of drama. Racing in all fairness should not be about levelling the playing field, the purpose of racing is to let the best engineers and drivers win with what they are given.

As Milton Friedman once said, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions," and also Mr. Mosley, have you not heard of unintended consequences?

Though the idea of the 2009 regulations was to level the playing field what actually happened was to give the Brawn GP team a huge advantage in the championship, as a matter of fact, if Formula One was still running with 2008 regulation cars this would probably be one of the closest Constructors' Championships ever.

BMW finished a very solid third in the championship in 2008 and in the second half of the season the Renault R28 made some massive improvements, if BMW and Renault were able to evolve those chassis further, Alonso and Kubica could competing for a championship right now.

Further, Mr. Mosley, through your antics, dictates and statements. You have alienated  your main audience the fans. Formula One's battle should not be fought out in airport concourses, yachts and French courtrooms but on the race track. Fans are not interested in politics they are interested in racing.

Formula One would be best served by a governance system which is equitable, logical and most importantly transparent. This is ultimately the problem with you Mr. Mosley and your cohort Mr. Ecclestone.

Both of you have forgotten what motorsport is all about, It's not about Advertising revenues, boring Middle Eastern Tillke design circuits, emerging markets or trying to push your agendas on the most exclusive form of motor sport. 

Formula One has to return to its roots and focus on competition as its main goal and sadly Mr. Mosley, you're not how this goal will be reached and if it comes to setting up a rival series, us the real Formula One fans will be there. Instead of  watching the sham of a "World Championship" that Formula One will be.

Thank you,

A Formula One fan

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