Why must F1 keep embarrassing itself?

Why must F1 keep embarrassing itself?

Formula 1 continues to embarrass itself by adjusting and then 'clarifying' rules. It needs to attack its rulebook with totally fresh eyes

For six weeks a battle raged back and forth over going to either Barcelona or Bahrain for Formula 1's two pre-season 2017 tests before the final decision was facilitated by the simple expedient of consulting the relevant sporting regulations clauses, then deciding which of two conflicting clauses held sway.

At the heart of the matter lay two opposing agendas: one faction wished to test in hot climes ahead of major technical revisions for 2017; the other cited costs and proximity to their respective team bases as reasons for their insistence on Barcelona as the test venue, as had originally been agreed by all teams and the FIA.

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