Unpredictability still key for F1

Unpredictability still key for F1

Formula 1 teams strive for perfection and try as hard as they can to prevent surprises. But unpredictability is a good thing for the sport, argues JONATHAN NOBLE

After a broken blue rubber tube put Lewis Hamilton out of the Australian Grand Prix, it was remarkable to hear that Nico Rosberg's retirement in Singapore was caused by contamination from a substance used in pre-event servicing.

This chemical, invisible to team members working on the car, sat undetected inside Rosberg's steering column for the entire Singapore weekend. And unluckily for the German, it only caused the short circuit that wrecked his controls at the very worst time: just before the start of the race.

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