Right, I am bumping this thread in order to spill over an
argument debate that Icthyes, ed24f1, iams8 and I were just having on Twitter. The problem is, Twitter’s stupid character limit makes having a proper discussion almost impossible – so I’ve decided to take it here so I can properly take all three of them on and they can no longer gang up on me and my Twitter feed like the weak, pathetic excuses for men that they are.
I fundamentally disagree that even if you could prefect DRS, it would be perfect. To have any pretensions of being “the pinnacle of motorsport” there is a line between exciting rules and outright artificiality which F1 can’t cross and I think DRS crosses that line comprehensively, no matter how well it works. “Perfect” would be early 2011 races without the need for visible one-sided advantages.
Formula 1 is the ‘pinnacle of motorsport’ for four main reasons:
1) the cars are the fastest/quickest/most technologically advanced road circuit racing cars in the world
2) the drivers are widely considered to be the most skilled of any other racing series in the world for racing cars on the road
3) it’s a World Championship that takes place all over the world and has seen major involvement from the biggest big wigs in the business – Ferrari, BMW, Mercedes, Renault, Toyota, Red Bull, Lotus, the FIA, etc
4) it’s been going for more than 60 years now and has a rich, unique and celebrated history.
F1 is all about building the fastest car to do 300km around a circuit faster than the competition. That still hasn’t changed with DRS. You and a lot of other people talk about artificiality with DRS but as I keep saying time and time again, it’s not supposed to create artificial overtakes – it’s supposed to balance out the unfair advantage created by dirty air, which prevents drivers from being able to even attempt a move in the first place. It’s much less artificial than something like reverse grids, random grids, weight penalities or even, like in IndyCar, banning drivers from defending against overtakes – which is the most stupid rule in the history of anything ever to me. So that’s why I can’t understand why you feel this small thing suddenly crosses that big, scary black line into outright artificiality, let alone ‘comprehensively’. Personally, I think that’s hyperbole.