Team bosses in a tizzy, pundits crawling out of the woodwork, after Bahrain everybody and his mate have an opinion on how to make F1 races a bit more entertaining. But would you think they’d apply some thinking out of the box? Not a chance. I mean, coming up with a creative idea like shortcuts is enough to get yourself laughed off the premises these days.
Meanwhile the answer is right under our noses. Mark Webber experimented in Bahrain with a great new way to create more overtaking opportunities. Quite clever of the Red Bullies to figure out that smokescreens are not forbidden under current rules. And believe you me, there’s more where that came from.
Go and see any James Bond movie to find out how to make racing more of a spectacle. Tyre slashers in wheel rims, on board missile defence, oil and water sprays, four-pronged nail dispensers, the lot.
And besides, I still think shortcuts are a good idea.