After turning karting into Formula 5, FIA says that it costs too much.

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Sulayem's statements regarding the insane costs of the sport are causing discussion but do not shine for consistency. (fm)

There is a word that, in any discussion about karting, sparks debate: "costs." Whether it's an F1 driver, a retired pilot, or a manager saying it: how much does a kart cost today, blah blah blah.
However, there are at least two points to consider, because if they're not considered, it's almost useless to start talking about it.
One is "who said what" because it's true that we live in an era that has given a voice to everyone (unfortunately), but not everyone can say anything: there's a detail called 'freedom of speech' so a pastry chef cannot talk about sweets that are bad for health, and a jeweler cannot talk about diamonds being too expensive, in short, you got the point. The other is: "who should respond" and how.

On the first point, as a magazine and web and social platform, Vroom has expressed its opinion too many times: attacking what Sulayem said is a bit like shooting at Red cross as we say in Italy. Those who know us know where we stand, what policies we have always supported, and those that, in our opinion, would have led – and lead – to an endless escalation of costs. So it's simple: creating a junior-racing path that defines in detail the steps to get to F1 was the work of the FIA. Incorporating karting into that road, making it, in fact, a Formula 5, is also the responsibility of the FIA. "Professionalizing" on one hand kart racing – taking kids out of school on Tuesdays for a race on Sundays wasn't the ogre of fairy tales, but it was this policy. "Juniorizing" it as a discipline, relegating it to the last rung of the ladder, and thus stripping it of its sporting dignity is always their responsibility: raise your hand if you got excited watching the Forè-Manetti duel in KZ Master, just to do the math: that's karting.

If a 15-year-old kart driver is fast, the question he gets is "when will you switch to cars" and not "which official karting team would you like to join for next year." The other point is more thorny because we like the comments of enthusiasts, we also like the discussion (this ingenious definition of "Formula 5" comes precisely from one of them...) but at some point, and we would say that we have arrived at that point, the comments must come from those who do this sport. The manufacturers, first and foremost, the teams, why not, the drivers – even if, and we don't want to offend anyone, the oldest ones are 14 years old... The costs imposed by the FIA, for example, the race program, an absurdly long calendar that many criticize but remains the standard for years. Does karting cost? Yes, a lot: it's not swimming or volleyball. It's not for "all families," we're not naive to that extent, but it's evident to everyone that the costs don't lie so much in the vehicle itself, given that especially with OK and OKN, a good compromise of reliability has been reached. The cost is in the philosophy, in the way it's conceived: if we create an event that lasts 5 days, if we create it every two weeks, if within that event we employ thousands of people including mechanics, whatever, then even a flipper contest would end up costing exorbitant figures. The kart itself is a simple and economical vehicle, just look around. It costs more than a 125cc scooter, but all in all, it has a reasonable purchase cost, and – in many cases – also in terms of maintenance. On tires, consumption, and regulations, we can sit at the table and discuss. It's everything else that has a problem: so this is the moment, since the President's statement is still hot on the microphone.
It's time for all those who do this sport and have something to say to speak up.

Created by: fmarangon2 - 31/12/23

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