The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness
Long-awaited wins for ex-Formula 1 drivers Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen in IndyCar and IMSA last weekend gave F1 a reminder of what it is missing. But with the new rules aimed at levelling the playing field, there’s renewed optimism that more drivers can have a rewarding result when their day of days comes
It's been good to see the smile back on the faces of some former Formula 1 drivers this year.
Marcus Ericsson's maiden IndyCar victory and Kevin Magnussen's first IMSA Sportscar Championship success in Detroit last weekend, a few weeks after Romain Grosjean captured his first IndyCar pole position in the Indy GP, showed just how much they had forgotten what it felt like to be on top. As Grosjean remarked recently about seeing his name against P1 after so long not being mired in F1's midfield, "it's like being alive again."
In fact, you have to go back quite a way to find the last time any of them achieved such a feat. Prior to last weekend, Ericsson's most recent victory was at the Nurburgring in GP2 in 2013, while his Chip Ganassi Racing stablemate Magnussen's last triumph was in the same year in the season finale of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Barcelona.
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