balancing the throttle is a key part of saving a car in a slide
I may be wrong, but I believe this is more down to ensuring you don’t have engine braking. Balancing the throttle in a spin is to make sure you neither spin the wheels nor lock them up, just keep them rolling as much as possible. A power limit would still allow this to be achieved.
The problems with a thin strip of gravel/grass/etc are many. It means more chance of a spin, which can be dangerous, and is more likely to result in a race-ending crash. It doesn’t limit the car once past it, so could still allow an advantage (or lack of disadvantage) in some places. The border, particularly with grass and gravel, can be dangerous. With gravel, it can spray that gravel across the track.
These sorts of problems pervade all physical solutions, which is why* my thinking headed toward a technical solution.
I watched from the beginning on Sky. We flipped over to BBC when it came on. We then changed back to Sky for the grid walk and the race, then back to BBC for the post race analysis.
Sky’s analysis is pants. The “Sky Pad” presenters were terrible and we flipped as soon as they were on. However, BBC’s grid walk sucked, and their commentary wasn’t as good (I watched the BBC coverage on iPlayer when I went for a cig or to the toilet).
I found the best method with my girlfriend: Get them into F1!
That way, she is just as bothered about watching as I am (more so at times), so we don’t allow interruptions.
However, this did nearly bite me in the arse. When it was announced F1 was going to Sky, I told her straight out I wasn’t going to be paying for Sky Sports. Her response was “You got me into F1, you’re paying!”
Luckily we already have Sky HD so we don’t have to pay extra (yet).
I’m not a big fan of the Safety Car anyway, I think it should be scrapped.
For the majority of incidents, they could just impose a speed limit on the cars, with no overtaking. This would allow the marshals to work in about the same level of safety as the first few laps after a SC deployment (where the cars have to stick to a low speed before catching the SC).
In more serious situations, the best course of action is a red flag. Line everyone up on the grid. The marshals can then work more quickly (as they have NO cars on the track to worry about), the race can get underway more quickly, and we don’t get a chunk of “wasted” laps behind the SC. Personally, I’d set a limit to the # of laps at limitted speed (or behind the SC, if they chose to keep it), maybe 5 or 6, after which the race is red flagged until the problem is sorted.
I know this introduces an unfairness to anyone who has built up a large gap to the car behind, but so does the SC (no matter what is done with lapped runners). I think the SC is an out-dated concept which is not needed in todays motorsport.