Formula One Boss Ecclestone Wants Artificial Rain At Races
Formula One head boss Bernie Ecclestone might be known as a bit eccentric, but his newest plan might actually bring some excitement to the racing sport. It seems the boss would like to introduce artificial rain to some events in order to crank up the exhilaration.
Formula One has been through its share of initiatives to try and improve the on-track racing, such as the KERS system, which is like a turbo boost button that will be reintroduced for the 2011 season, and an adjustable rear wing, which will make its debut this season.
Yet, nothing is able to deliver the same sort of excitement in F1 as a wet track with water coming down from the sky.
"Look at the races we have now," Ecclestone told Formula One's official website. "Overtaking is almost impossible because in the dry there is only one line good for maximum speed because of the rubber on the track.
"You have a completely different picture when it is wet. We always had the most exciting races in the wet - so let’s think of making rain.
"There are racetracks that you can make artificially wet and it would be easy to have such systems at a number of tracks. Why not let it ‘rain’ in the middle of a race for 20 minutes, or the last 10 laps? Maybe with a two-minute warning ahead of it.
"Suspense would be guaranteed and it would be the same for all."
Now, it must be said that some of Ecclestone’s ideas have been a bit odd in the past, such as deciding the championship on metals rather than points, but this idea might actually accomplish the added excitement goal.
Now, that being said, it will never happen because the teams would just walk out, but if a thrilling race is the goal, rain might do the trick.
The 2011 Formula One season will start on March 27 in Australia, after the Bahrain Grand Prix was canceled due to unrest in the region.