Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Scuderia Team Boss, “Esports a Threat To F1 Racing + Mexico GP Notes
Note: Esports are video games.
F1 management is currently focused on its rules and structures overhaul for 2021, aimed at bridging financial and competitive gaps between the cars on the grid, there are those who feel as though those should not be the only factors taken into account moving forward.
Take for example Ferrari Team boss Maurizio Arrivabene, suggests that F1’s popularity could be influenced by the rise of the E-sports phenomena.
“Our competitors today, and this is my personal opinion, they are the PlayStations,” stated Mr. Arrivabene. “Today we have a broad offer of entertainment and we need to look at everything, not only certain sports or trying to equalize everything.”
“Is the PlayStation our competitor? In my opinion, Yes. What do you have to do to beat the PlayStations? You have to do something that is more interesting, most probably. Today the offer is bigger than many years ago.”
The Scuderia boss went on to say that F1 needs to take a look at today’s interest levels versus those from before, and make sure that the sport can draw in a younger audience.
“If at a certain point the audience is becoming older, older, older and you work to maintain what you have and your attention is less focused on acquiring the younger generation, that means you have a problem. And you have to find a solution.”
Yet, certain factors that should make F1 racing more fun are still being regarded as a negative by some.
So even though some teams are hoping that a budget cap and staffing limits will lead to all things being fair on the grid, Mr. Arrivabene suggests that it would be unfair to manipulate the competitiveness of the teams that way, comparing the issue to the disparity in size and wealth of soccer teams.
“How can you tell Real Madrid ‘I’m sorry, if you play with the small team, don’t play your best team, play with your middle-sized team.’ Come on, it’s ridiculous. The sport is done by the Big teams [as well]. It’s part of the fascination of the sport.”
The Mexico Grand Prix Notes
Lewis Hamilton has a 2nd chance to secure the F1 season championship. And he does not have to finish near the front at the Mexican Grand Prix to do it.
He needs only to finish 7th this Sunday to kill off Ferrari’s fading hopes that Sebastian Vettel can keep chasing him to the end of the season.
Mr. Hamilton leads Mr. Vettel by 70 points and can wrap up his 5th career championship with only 2 races left.
But do not expect MercedesAMG to chase anything short of a victory, which would be an exclamation point on Mr. Hamilton’s roaring 2-H of Y 2018.
“Win the race to get the title, that’s my goal,” Mr. Hamilton said Thursday.
For Mr. Vettel to win the championship, he has to win the final 3 races of the season and Mr. Hamilton score 4 points or fewer the rest of the way.
A 5th championship would tie Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio, who won 5X in the 1950’s. Only Germany’s Michael Schumacher has more with 7.
The Big Q: What time does it start and how can I watch?
This weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix is set to get underway at 1:10p local time, 7:10 GMT and 2:10p EDT.
For US viewers, all of this weekend’s sessions are live on ESPN and ABC (all times EDT)
Practice 1 – Friday, Oct. 26, 10:55 AM – ESPNU
Practice 2 – Friday, Oct. 26, 2:55 PM – ESPNEWS
Practice 3 – Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:55 AM – ESPNEWS
Qualifying – Saturday, Oct. 27, 1:55 PM – ESPNEWS
Race – Sunday, Oct. 28 2:30 PM – ABC
Encore – Sunday, Oct. 28, 9:00 PM – ESPNEWS
Encore – Monday, Oct. 29, 12:00 AM – ESPN2
UK viewers can watch every session live on Sky Sports F1.
Check local listings for all other territories.
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