A Ferrari source said the review into the system conducted by Stefano Domenicali had produced strong support for keeping the lights. The team believes it is a good system which is a step ahead of the old lollipop. The Scuderia believes the system alone has gained them a couple of places this season (Hungary might have been one occasion, apparently). “We don’t have it because we want to be clever; we do it for performance,” was how it was put.
But today the team admitted they were going back to the old system of a man with a lollipop from this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. Stefano Domenicali said:
In this moment we need tranquillity and therefore we prefer to go back to the old system.
Has Ferrari done the right thing? Although the lights system is supposed to be a few tenths of a second quicker than using a lollipop, it seems they need more practice with it before it can be used reliably. It’s clearly not a risk worth taking with the championships hanging in the balance.
The mechanics will surely breathe sighs of relief as well.