The pros and cons of artificial rain

The pros and cons of artificial rain

Bernie Ecclestone's idea that races should be spiced up with artifically-generated rain has provoked a vehement response, but Tony Dodgins argues that it shouldn't be dismissed too lightly

I was interested to see the reaction – largely negative – to Bernie Ecclestone's idea, given credence by Pirelli, of track sprinklers creating 'artificial rain' to spice up Formula 1 races.

Perhaps the first consideration after the 2010 season we're coming off should be that old adage, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Do we actually need to be doing anything? The great thing about last season was that you could go to just about any race without knowing who was going to win it.

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