Poll Dancing: No Halo, Bernie must go, F1 is broken and more…

Regular GrandPrix247 readers will be aware that we have started some regular polls on our website in an effort to engage our cherished readers and also to gauge sentiments of fans regarding issues and events that make Formula 1 headlines.

At times we will use this to infuse feedback into topical and, as below, we will analyse the opinions in this new feature: Poll Dancing – the goal being to review polls and offer our verdict on a weekly basis (most probably on a Sunday in between grands prix.)

So welcome to the first Sunday of Poll Dancing.


Is it time for Ecclestone to quit Formula 1?

  • Yes (86%, 682 Votes)
  • No (14%, 110 Votes)

Total Voters: 792

Our Verdict: Pretty clear that Bernie has well and truly pissed off fans and his legacy will be tarnished by the collective sigh of good riddance when they bury him, because as he has said often before: “The only way my job in Formula One will come to an end, unless somebody with the power decrees it, is when they are carrying me away in my coffin. And then they’d better make sure the lid is nailed down.”

The sentiment of the majority is summed up in one of the comments made with regards to this poll: “For the love of the sport this man needs, no has to go, he’s killing it off slowly but surely.”


Will Lewis Hamilton jetset lifestyle impact his season negatively?

  • No (56%, 390 Votes)
  • Yes (44%, 310 Votes)

Total Voters: 700

Our Verdict: Lewis’ lifestyle has been the subject of numerous headlines and reports during the Formula 1 off-season,and last year even during the season. Fans seem somewhat divided on how harmful his jetset frolics will impact his performance in 2016.

In the end the consensus is that if he continues to deliver as he has done over the past two years then he should do as he pleases. No matter what happens from now on any blip on his performance will be attributed to his lifestyle.

A comment that sums it up for us: “You can understand why other drivers like to spend time with their families, the ones they care for the most, after being dragged around the world for most of the year.”

“In the off-season, Hamilton should enjoy it whichever way works for him. Just that when it comes to the day job, he’s got to perform. And when he does, he’s a joy to watch!”


Will Sebastian Vettel win the 2016 F1 world championship?

  • No (59%, 636 Votes)
  • YES (41%, 440 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,076

Our Verdict: The outcome of this poll suggests there are many hopeful fans out there who will be cheering on Seb and Ferrari in 2016 even if alliances lie elsewhere. Outside the Silver Arrows bunker only Vettelhas a serious chance of braking the stranglehold Mercedes have on F1.

From where we sit there are a very optimistic 41% of fans who think that Mercedes will stumble despite the evidence laid bare in testing.

We want this to be a big battle, packed with drama and intrigue – but realistically we do not believe this is going to happen and instead believe that Mercedes will once again cruise to the titles. However we hope and will be totally happy if we are totally wrong!

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Is modern Formula 1 broken?

  • Yes (79%, 479 Votes)
  • No (21%, 128 Votes)

Total Voters: 607

Our Verdict: Not much to say except that the fans have spoken, will someone now listen please?

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Who would you pick for your F1 race team?

  • Fernando Alonso (60%, 446 Votes)
  • Lewis Hamilton (40%, 296 Votes)

Total Voters: 742

Our Verdict: Crazy that despite Lewis’ two titles in recent years and Fernando’s slip into oblivion, majority of fans would pick the Spaniard if they owned a F1 race team. Honestly we are stumped! Yes a 50-50 split would be understandable, or even tilted towards the reigning world champion. But for Fernando to clean up by 20% is beyond our comprehension.

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Closed cockpits are the way to go for F1?

  • No (77%, 400 Votes)
  • Yes (23%, 122 Votes)

Total Voters: 522

Our Verdict: We believe that the Halo or closed cockpit concept will denigrate the ethos of single-seater racing. Sure safety is paramount in this modern era and this can not be negotiable. Maybe the Halo will save drivers in the future, but what of the accidents that may be caused by the centre pillar affecting line of sight?

The way we see it is simple: you close one can and with it open another can of worms.

Much has been said of Lewis’ being anti-Halo, but Nico Hulkenberg sums it up simply, “Single seaters were always open and they should stay open.”

Results shown at time of publishing.