Formula 1 chiefs should reconsider the idea of a single-make support race featuring the current grand prix drivers, reckons Red Bull boss Christian Horner.
As Motorsport.com revealed at the British Grand Prix, among the items F1's Strategy Group talked about during its pre-Silverstone meeting was a saloon car event similar to the famous Procar Series that ran in 1979 and 1980.
But amid resistance from some teams about the commercial difficulties of having drivers racing for competing brands, the idea was abandoned.
Fun for fans
Horner thinks that the idea has good merit though, and believes that the concept should be brought up again in the future as part of wider discussions involving the format of a GP weekend.
“One thing I think would be fun for fans and promoters was there used to be a thing called Procar years ago, where the top guys would jump in what was effectively a one-make car and would race it out,” he said.
“Obviously in today's world of commercial ties up and pressure [it would be complicated to introduce], but it would be nice to explore the concept at certain events.
“We could also bring out some older drivers as well and put the new guys against some of the older guys. Nowadays the drivers have more time than ever before on their hands, it is a concept to be discussed.”
Horner suggests that F1 has become too obsessed with the technical product and has gone away from delivering entertainment through close battles on track.
“I think fans want to see competition,” he said. “We have a dominant team now for the last 18 months, but they have done a good job and they deserve to be in that position.
“But you can understand on the other hand that when the results are extremely predictable that it doesn't add to the appeal.”