F1

Formula One to suffer 'drop of interest' in season finale

Global Motorsport Media

Interest in the 2011 season will decline now that Sebastian Vettel has wrapped up the world championship.

The world's media are busy hailing the 24-year-old German's latest achievement rather than building up as per normal for the next race, to take place in just a few days in South Korea.

Martin Whitmarsh, Team McLaren
Martin Whitmarsh, Team McLaren

Photo by: xpb.cc

McLaren and FOTA chief Martin Whitmarsh admits that, from the public's point of view, the early championship conclusion has taken the shine off the forthcoming races also in India, Abu Dhabi and Brazil.

"Inevitably, there will be a drop of interest -- the tension and excitement that we've been fortunate to encounter in recent years is never a given," he told the Times of India, referring to recent season finales.

On the other hand, Whitmarsh said that any consequences of a championship contest, such as team orders or racing with an eye on the points mathematics, will now dissipate.

"I actually think you'll really see the gloves come off and we'll get to see some truly incredible racing by the greatest drivers in the world," he insisted.

There is also the issue of driver motivation, with Fernando Alonso for example buoyed that his car was at least competitive at Suzuka even though Ferrari has ceased its development.

In some races, some circuits, we are still competitive

Fernando Alonso

"That gives us some extra motivation for the remaining races knowing that it is going to be tough as the updates on the car will be minimal," said the Spaniard.

"But in some races, some circuits, we are still competitive, so why not fight for victory in one of the remaining races."

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series F1
Tags fota, whitmarsh

User photos

erikjunius
F1

erikjunius

37 photos
EuroRacer
F1

EuroRacer

21 photos
SurdinP
F1

SurdinP

1 photos
max
F1

max

29 photos
ADLITIKA
F1

ADLITIKA

213 photos
Kevin_Bennett_Photo
F1

Kevin_Bennett_Photo

139 photos
PiBiPhoto
F1

PiBiPhoto

47 photos
Upload photo