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Sunday, 18 August, 2002, 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK
Will anyone challenge Ferrari's force?
Barrichello heads home Michael Schumacher for a Ferrari one-two
Ferrari clinch their fourth constructor's championship as they dominate the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Is Ferrari's supremacy good for the sport?


This debate is now closed.


Rubens Barrichello headed home Michael Schumacher for a Ferrari one-two to clinch the title for the Italian team.

With the driver's title already wrapped up, Schumacher's next target is to become the first driver in history to win 10 races in a season - and he has four races left in which to do it.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Ralf Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard lead the also-rans, and the battle for second spot promises to be fiercely fought.

Will Schumacher break yet another record? And who will end up as the best of the rest?


It's not boring having one dominant team in F1, it's just boring to see a team that is geared towards one driver. Not for the first time of course - Mansell in '92 lost my respect having by Patrese play second fiddle. How can a real racer be motivated if he knows he is not allowed to finish ahead of his team mate?
Paul F, UK

Anyone comparing this season to McLaren in 1988 should remember that the team allowed its drivers to race each other. In my opinion '88 was a damned good season, with the two greatest drivers of the era battling each other in the same car. Ferrari's domination wouldn't be so bad if they had the same outlook.
Paul F, UK

Hats off to Ferrari - they hired Schumacher to help them rebuild a team that had suffered many fallow years. Whilst team orders may, at times, be unpalatable, it's the other teams that need to raise their standards now.
Mike Povey, UK

I have to say I completely gave up watching F1 a number of years ago due to the depressingly boring procession it has become. I don't even watch the start to see the first corner crash anymore.


Schumacher has brought so much skill and excitement to the sport over the years he should now be allowed to enjoy his success in the best car
Sarah, UK

If those in power were to take some form of drastic action so that drivers could overtake when not in the pits perhaps I might start watching again. In the meantime I'll stick to watching motorcycle racing where the lead can change up to three or four times per lap, never mind per race (Season?).
Mike Harrison, Wakefield, England

I have no problem with Ferrari being so dominant. I do, however, have a problem with Michelin being so poor as to not allow McLaren and especially Williams to compete with the prancing horse.
Dave Cox, England

Had it not have been for Schumacher's superior driving in an inferior car during the nineties and more recent times then the dominance of Williams and Maclaren during those times would have also been boring. Schumacher has brought so much skill and excitement to the sport over the years he should now be allowed to enjoy his success in the best car. The other teams need to improve their cars or drivers - they make the current situation boring.
Sarah, UK

Schumacher's achievements are devalued by the supremacy of the car and the team orders at Ferrari. I, for one, am of the opinion that if Montoya was in an identical car he would be challenging for every race.

It has been said many times that F1 is boring, as any fan of motorcycling is patently aware. I would be interested to compare the number of overtaking manoeuvres in a season of F1 to a season of Moto GP or World Supersport racing. This is because the machines are much more evenly matched. Why not try halving the width of their tyres in F1 so every car had more power than they could use - then we would see the skills of the drivers themselves...?
James Sykes, England


It's up to the rest to catch up with the leaders
Srinivas Chowdary Yerneni, Indian in Texas, USA

For those of us who have to get up early in the morning to watch Grand Prix races, this eternal procession of Ferrari always in front is getting a little boring!

I have some tapes of 1970's Grand Prix races, and at that time most races kept one on edge the whole time, - but now, it seems that with all the regulations, the team orders, and the general hype, Grand Prix racing is only of interest to those who are making large sums of money by being in it! Let us go back to REAL racing!
Bob Conway, Canada

If you feel F1 has become predictable and it's the big money that does the talking, you can always switch off, or start supporting Minardi!
Steve, UK

You can not blame Ferrari because they are in a position to dictate the terms and race. It's up to the rest to catch up with the leaders.

Ferrari sets the standards high and others should try to emulate the same. We cannot blame Ferrari for their high standards or for their domination. We are used to appreciating the dominance of the likes of Tiger Woods in golf, and Chris Armstrong in cycling. All the others need to try and challenge Ferrari then things will be more interesting to watch.
Srinivas Chowdary Yerneni, Indian in Texas, USA

The Ferrari dominance in Formula One is not unlike the Old Firm's dominance in Scottish football and that means its only a matter of time before Ferrari get to big for their boots and want to move onto bigger and better things by holding control over the less successful outfits
Gav, Scotland


We are seeing a rare talent in action in F1 at the moment
Sathya Kothandram, Indian living in the US

Ross Brawn said the Ferrari drivers were 'driving to pace' i.e. Michael was under team orders to let Barichello win. I would have liked to see Michael allowed to race and probably win it but I think he'll be allowed to win in Spa. As someone pointed out below McClaren won all but one Grand Prix in '88 so dominance by one team is nothing new.
Phil, UK.

The domination of Ferrari (or any other team for that matter) is good, because it sets a target of excellence and gives the other teams a tangible standard to meet and beat.

With Ferrari's dominance, teams which might otherwise be satisfied with a certain performance level are being pushed hard to raise their game. That's what competition is all about - and those who disagree probably do so from the subjective spectator viewpoint - which is fair enough - rather than taking the broader objective stance which embraces the back-room development, improvement and racing of F1 machinery.
Chris B, England

The Ferrari dominance has certainly made this season very boring unless one is a Ferrari fan. It is down to the sheer brilliance of Michael Schumacher, which we are lucky to witness, without who Ferrari would not have been so dominant. This gives other teams a run for the money and many things to ponder over as this season draws to and end and the next one begins.
Nirav Parekh, India

In 1988 when his drivers, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna won 15 of the 16 races, Ron Dennis defended their ruthless superiority by saying, "Do I have to lower my standards just so the others can catch up?".

Was that accepted just because it was a British team? Doesn't that hold good for Ferrari's dominance after languishing for 21 years without a title?

I can categorically state that if either a British team or a driver were as successful as Ferrari and Michael Schumacher are at the moment, the British press would be lauding their efforts. We are seeing a rare talent in action in F1 at the moment. Let's just forget nationalities and soak it in.
Sathya Kothandram, Indian living in the US

It's up to the other teams to raise their game.
Glenn Veasey, Netherlands


I hope that with both titles secured, Ferrari will let their drivers race now
Ian Simcox, England

You call it Ferrari force-I would call it a Formula One farce. It's not racing - it's formula yawn. How anyone can justify the millions spent or wasted on the events I don't know.

I have been around motorsport rallying and commentating and writing and I am sick of Formula One. I never thought I would turn the TV off when it was Formula One. I am now being thrilled watching the likes of Valentino Rossie and Biaggi swapping the lead and really racing.
Geoff Howe, Canada

You have to give credit where credit is due, Ferrari and the team are a slick operation. Brits should not be upset, Ross Brawn is a major part of Ferrari's and Schumacher's success.
Richard Middleton, UK

As long as we have two sets of rules within F1, one for Ferrari and one for the rest of the drivers, nothing that is said about their drivers or records means anything. MS gets the credit and the points where it should have gone to his team mate!

I for one do not think that Ferrari is a positive force within the sport. Remember that for every fan of MS you have 22 fans supporting someone else!
Snowy, South Africa

I hope that with both titles secured, Ferrari will let their drivers race now. If they do then their dominance is great for the sport, otherwise all the races will be a red parade.
Ian Simcox, England


It's hard to tell between Rubens and Ralf for runner up position
Okin, NZ

Ferrari doing so well is good for motorsport as it encourages other teams to try harder and to do better. There are five or six other good drivers that could compete better if the cars were improved.
Anthony, UK

It may or may not be great for the sport in the short term, but then again Ferrari is F1. We have seen domination like this in the past, but if it was another team, people would get disinterested. As long as Ferrari maintain their domination, and especially after not even having won a championship for about 20 years, it cannot be so bad for F1.
Yatin Chachad, India

Surely Schumi will achieve what he has in mind. It's hard to tell between Rubens and Ralf for runner up position.
Okin, NZ

Well done to Ferrari. Winning the constructor's title is just reward for the hard work and dedication shown by Ferrari over the past 10 years in order to get the team back to the top where it belongs.

I can't wait to read comments from so called F1 fans from the UK regarding how boring it is having one dominant team F1...if you haven't yet realized, it has been this way since the early 80's (although now, it is a non British team at the top...Hmmmm).
Steven Kidd, USA

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