Fans strongly oppose 2014 mandatory pit stops plan

2014 F1 season

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit of the Americas, 2013F1 Fanatic readers overwhelmingly oppose a plan for drivers to make two compulsory pit stops per race during the 2014 season.

A proposal requiring drivers to make two pit stops per race, and limiting how long they could run on each tyre compound, has been put forward by the F1 Strategy Group.

The F1 Commission, which includes representatives from all the teams plus the FIA and FOM, will now decide whether it should form part of the 2014 F1 regulations.

However an F1 Fanatic poll indicated fans strongly disapprove of the plan, with almost 90% of more than 500 readers voting against it:

Here’s a sample of some of the responses left by readers:

They have the mandatory system in DTM and more often than not, the results are very predictable. There are changes that need to be made to F1, but this is not one of them.
Steven (@Steevkay)

There are issues over tyre wear, granted. Enforcing a two-stop strategy isn?t the way to deal with the problem. In any case tyre management, like it or not, is part of the skill of an F1 driver. Sort out the wear issues and leave the pit stops up to the team strategists.

At first blush, the idea of a fixed number of pit stops seems rather unappealing.
@McKenzie

Imposing a two-stop-races is a bad idea, it would make races even more standardised, we could have the risk of seeing the same race happening at every venue.
@Dan_the_McLaren_fan

Aren?t there enough things changing for 2014 already? Surely we should wait and see how good the racing is with turbo engines, increased KERS etc… before introducing another rule to try to fix a problem that may no longer exist!
Rob T

We?d lose events like Saubers frequent 2012 tyre wear inspired giant-killing if this was brought in. Achieving a low tyre wear design for a car should be rewarded just like the team with the best diffuser.
@ElBasque

There are enough artificial rules and gimmicks in F1. We don?t need more of them.
@Bebilou

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61 comments on Fans strongly oppose 2014 mandatory pit stops plan

  1. mantresx (@mantresx) said on 2nd December 2013, 16:14

    It’s very clear why the FIA wants 2 mandatory pit stops, if some teams decide to stop just once and others twice it becomes confusing for people watching at home, suddenly midfield teams are on lead for a couple of laps and the information on screen does very little to inform us why.

    If there was no mandatory pit stop at all the “problem” would be even worse, but I think the FOM could do a lot to help even the occasional viewer understand what’s going on and charging 30$ for an app is certainly not the way to do it.

  2. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 2nd December 2013, 16:20

    Just reading and replying to a post here made me think for a moment. What are the proposed pit stops actually for?
    If teams work really well in a pit stop and produce a ‘super’ pits top they can probably shave 0.75 of a second of an ‘ordinary’ pit stop. So if they do two of those in a race, they could gain a 1.5 second advantage. But if they do it badly, they could loose many seconds of time and even cost their driver the chance to win or even complete the race. As we have seen, a disastrous pit stop could also prove extremely dangerous to pit crew, drivers, marshals and even spectators.
    So increasing the number of pitstops offers the teams the ability to make up one and a half seconds on their competitors at best, or injure people at worst.
    Looks like a pretty simple decision to me.

  3. Barney said on 2nd December 2013, 20:03

    F1 is becoming worse, yet. How to improve it? Easy, the FIA should look at the golden era of F1 80s, 90s! We need to have drivers fighting, racing eachother ,pushing themselves to the limit AGAIN!!!!!! Not this awful tyre managing non-sense, this is NOT racing! And the overtakes, there have been many, but these are FAKE overtakes with the DRS and now they wanna fake pitstops as well? Give me a break!

  4. So it’s pretty much guaranteed that the FIA will introduce this rule because they always listen to the fans of F1…

  5. James (@jaymz) said on 3rd December 2013, 2:59

    No pit stops would be better. Then sprinkle the track with water part way through the race.

  6. brny666 said on 3rd December 2013, 8:16

    Lets see this plan for what it really is. A way of reigning in smaller teams from having Lotus like advantages early next year. Would be especially good for Ferrari and and Merc to some degree as these two giants of the sport seem most inapt at making the tires work for them.
    The powers that be should really admit that they want F1 to be a spec series and I rather they make it so than come up with even more ridiculous stuff to regulate that really kills all the excitement.

  7. bebilou (@bebilou) said on 3rd December 2013, 9:43

    90% of us are against mandatory pitstops: we should inform FOTA, before they take a(nother) bad decision. I will tweet them this page, I encourage you to do the same !

  8. Cole (@cole) said on 3rd December 2013, 11:40

    I’d go exactly the opposite way and delete the mandatory use of both tyre compounds. Please leave the strategic options as free as possible.

  9. MattB (@mattb) said on 3rd December 2013, 12:02

    If it were me, I would do the following:

    1) Allow teams to bring two compounds to the circuit (they can choose the compounds, but they have to stick with them). They could then use these compounds in whatever order they wish without a manditory pit stop. Wet compounds would be taken to every race.
    2) Keep DRS, but use it in a different way. Each driver may use it for 40 seconds during the race, at any safe point after lap 2.

    Thoughts?

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