A1 Grand Prix takes radical step to level playing field (A1GP)

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

A1 Grand Prix has taken further measures to help its less experienced and less capable teams narrow the gap to the front runners.

In the 2008-2009 season it will make the telemetry available from the car that sets the fastest lap in practice and qualifying.

But will it actually help the teams at the back of the grid get on terms with the leaders?

If I were in charge of one of the front-running A1GP cars I would be thinking about instructing my driver to back off on one sector per lap to avoid setting the best time and having to share my telemetry.

The best drivers in the series are certainly not going to want everyone else knowing how they’re approaching every corner on the track.

But as a device to help A1’s new teams like South Korea get up to speed more quickly – with teting being strictly limited – on balance I think it’s a good idea.

However I’m not a fan of A1’s horrible and contrived pit stop rules which are set to get even worse this year. As well as the two compulsory pit stops in the feature race, which have to be made within certain windows, there will be a compulsory stop in the first race as well.

I think the DTM has proved that artifical, compulsory pit stops make racing more confusing and less entertaining. Let the drivers make pit stops only when they choose to. Some of the best races I’ve seen have been ones where some drivers have tried to make it to the end of a race with one fewer stop for tyres, clinging on with worn rubber, while freshly-shod rivals home in on them.

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