Do you think that's why they called the crap show a race? So they didn't have to refund tickets. Man I thought I was cynical. If there wasn't a 'race' would they refund tickets? Did the f3 or f2 race? I'm just trying to think what would happen here if the gp was washed out. I doubt if there would be a refund because the f1 is only part of the event. Please don't take that the wrong way, I would be interested to know the facts about refunds if the cars didn't hit the track. The facts, not some cynical speculation that we all have when we express our opinion.The ‘race’ had to proceed because cancellation would have required the organizers to refund tickets for the event. Once a decision was made to ‘race’ under the safety car ( with no passing allowed ), they had to award points. A business decision, pure and simple.
Of course, it is unsurprising and tends to confirm that F1 is no longer a ‘sport’ in any true sense of the word. Rules have been put in place, since Ecclestones’s initial Concorde agreement, for the precise purpose of stifling competition and ensuring that the major players in F1 can no longer be challenged by smaller outfits such as Jordan and Benetton. In a sort of ‘Robin Hood on acid’ approach, substantial sums are awarded each year to the major teams based upon success over the last decade, just for showing up.
Even if a relatively new team becomes dominant for a season, they will receive much less appearance money for the following season than the established teams that they beat. It is robbing from the poor to give to the rich and ensures that the established hierarchy have much more resources to hire the best drivers ( which are not included in budget caps). It would be akin to the English Premiere League giving an award to the most popular teams such as Manchester United, just for showing up, regardless of how they perform.