F1 reached a new low in Melbourne

F1 reached a new low in Melbourne

It wasn't the first dull season-opener with a small field, but the nature of the dramas around the 2015 Australian GP showed the toxic mess Formula 1 is now in, says DIETER RENCKEN

For graphic proof of just how much Formula 1 has deteriorated in exactly 12 months, just consider the contrasts between the 2014 Australian Grand Prix and the latest edition of the traditional season opener, held at the same circuit a year on.

Where the sport last year managed to field 22 cars despite considerable obstacles created by F1's then-brand-new hybrid power units and totally revised technical regulations - and deliver an enthralling race with 13 classified finishers - this year it was nip and tuck whether 13 cars would even take the start.

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