We’ve had innovations recently, like KERS, and the F-Duct. But how bout some from long ago. Like Wings, we don’t really think of them as an innovation now because they’re a must have on the car, but they were first introduced in 1968, almost 20 years after the sports first race, by Lotus. So what were some innovations you remember that changed F1?
I remember paddle shifts seeming like a revolutionary idea and Murray would often use onboard shots to describe them as fantastic new technology that allows a driver to keep both hands on the wheel. I hate them though – go back to a proper clutch and gearbox I say!
The mass damper was a great innovation too but the banning of it was ridiculous.
Those are merely two that stand out from when I’ve been watching F1. If I had to pick one single innovation the changed the sport forever it would have to be mid engines. Ground effect was a simple but brilliant innovation too.
All the recent discouverys have tended to be aero dynamic because of the bans on things like mass dampers. However the thing that changed F1 the most recently has to have been the survival cell. Quite how much it has changed are sport was spectacularly demonstrated 3 years ago in Canada, while we should never get cocky F1 is now more safe than dangerous, drivers are more likley to survive a crash than be killed in it.
While it wasn’t exactly innovated and more developed over time, the survival cell ment that F1 survived after the tradgedies 94 an is no longer even a particularly extreme sport, single most important device in the championships history.