Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit of the Americas, 2013

Fans strongly oppose 2014 mandatory pit stops plan

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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.

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.

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.

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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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 !

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


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