An article written on Sporting Life 360 website in December 2008 as part of an online debate on whether all Grand Prix teamsshould be compelled to use a standardised F1 engines. This article was against the idea:
It is interesting that, at the time of writing, nobody has yet taken the tenuous step of writing anything on the ‘Yes’ side of this debate, and I do not intend to change that trend. Of course, there will eventually be a submission from some eco-warrior killjoy who will trot-out every reason why Grand Prix racing is killing the Planet, along with every other enjoyable activity that demonstrates how mankind needs entertainment to balance the heavy weight of responsibility we all carry every day.
But until then, the reason for that gaping hole in this debate is quite simple: nobody who is a true fan of motor sport would vote ‘Yes’. Why? Because we already have a myriad of formulae where the car, or the engine, or both are built to a fixed specification, all the way from the karting grass roots of the sport to GP2, the feeder competition into F1 for up-and-coming drivers, and teams. GP2 provides support races at Grand Prix events around the world, and gives us exciting racing where the skills of the drivers are paramount to success. But it doesn’t draw a tenth of the crowd numbers that the main event does, despite the fact that it is less processional than Formula One tends to be. This is purely because Formula One is the race that everybody wants to watch, because it pits man AND machine against each other.