I definitely do not want to see more safety car situations. That implies crashes. If you want crahes go and watch banger racing. There is nothing more boring than NASCAR racing. Cars are designed to go round corners, not circles.
Ever since Formula 1′s inception it has prided itself on it’s engineering excellence and innovation. If it loses that, it is just another formula.
Refuelling, having to use two different compounds of tyre, are just two examples of gimmics introduced artificially as a marketing ploy. Poor quality tyes are just an extension of that. How does having to use tyres which may only last five laps enhance the engineering achievement of producing a fast, well handling car?
I feel this could backfire on Pirelli as their brand may be damaged because they make tyres out of sh1t. In the past many innovations introduced on F1 cars have found their way into (ordinary not supercars) production cars. I’m thinking (say) disc brakes, car safety and yes!, tyre development. Where is the advantage in producing substandard products which have no development potential?
Designing in engine failure is not in the interest of true racing fans. By all means, have a limited number of engines per season as now, because that stimulates steps forward in engine reliability. It also introduces an element of competition which is exactly what a tyre war would do. Two (or more) manufacturers in competition to provide a product which beats the other guy could not be anything but a benefit for all concerned.
It is clear that some people are not interested actual racing cars any more, they seem to favour strategy games, with artifical hindrences to the actual racing,(just like video games). We saw today how the DRS made an overtake soooo easy as to make it impossible for the driver in front to respond. Some of the best racing today was at points of the circuit where it could not be used. Kers has it’s uses commerically but it is not new. A variation of it has been in use on commercial vehicles for decades. I remember regularly travelling on a coach that had it’s forerunner fitted in the 1970′s. There could be some development potential there if weight could be reduced to make it of more use for the ordinary motorist – That is what F1 racing used to be about and I am old enough to remember racing in the 1950′s, when it was much more exciting, (but sadly a lot less safe, which is where development comes in)and the drivers had a definite input into the outcome.
I am still a fan of motor racing of all kinds, the recent club meeting at Castle Coombe provided an excellent day’s racing, free of the artificial constraints now employed to benefit “The Show” in F1. I fear the formula is being taken out of the hands of skillful technicians and designers, by those who lack the talent of those who they seek to control.
BTW George, to which Keith are you refering and where is his article? I would be pleased to read it.
Bring on quality tyres and tyre competition!