All views are my personal take and suggestions. Feel free to join and have a constructive discussion.
Since Liberty Media took over, F1 has garnered a large presence on social media. From highlights on YouTube to Instagram updates, we keep in touch with the latest and greatest of the sport. But these ‘initiatives’ can only do so much and if the races are decided at Lap 1 turn 1. Soon, they will run out of viewers in WWE’esque way.
In my article here, I have talked about the administrative or outside of the track changes that need to be done. Let’s look at the ‘on track’ changes that can be made via new regulations in coming years.
Too much information?
With 3 practice sessions, teams gather so much data in 4 hrs of running in different conditions, that it eliminates a lot of guess work and use of driver experience. Now, we are not really sure if it’s the driver winning the race or the team? So many variables get eliminated with such huge data that races become very predictable.
Remember the qualifying in Hungary or Spa, where teams got caught off guard when it rained during qualifying. Ferrari failed to fuel Kimi while Ocon finished third in qualifying in a Force India car. In Germany we know how the title race turned on its head due to slight shower. You can understand the point I am trying to make
So my take is to have 1 practice session on Friday and then jump to qualifying. Teams will have some data on tyre deg. and race pace but the conditions will be different on Saturday during qualifying. This will mix things up and a lot will then depend of driver’s adaptability. Not to mention, less tyres used in Practice will mean more for Qualifying and Race which can bring in different race strategies.
There is a general consensus among fans that Pirelli tyres are “$h|t” and for good reason. They work in a very small window and achieving that window isn’t easy as teams have found out. I understand that these tyres were brought in to enforce multiple pit stops but now teams are getting away with one stop anyway.
The life of Pirelli tyres are way less and drivers are found managing tyres and fuel for more than half the race than actually racing. We as fans start hearing on radios drivers compaining about graining and under steer within 5-7 laps of putting in a fresh tyre if they push it too hard.
For once, I believe we might have to go back to old ways of low deg tyres that allows drivers to push throughout the race. It’s too boring now and on top of that, we have to bear drivers whining about tyres not working.
Save Fuel? or Refuel?
What made races interesting back in the day, was mostly not wheel to wheel action but varying qualifying and race strategies. They mostly revolved around how much fuel they had in qualifying which they carried over to race start. Teams had a hard time guessing their rival’s fuel level and hence determining their strategy.
Presently starting a race on the same fuel level eliminates that one more variable of the equation. Teams preemptively choose to go for slightly less fuel anticipating a safety car but end up preserving fuel by coasting if the safety car is a no show.
The issue that has left the FIA with the biggest headache is ‘dirty-air’. The changes for 2019 has proved ineffective and requires a major overhaul at this front. Not being much of an aero expert, I leave it to the technical experts to sort it out.
The essence of racing is in offence and defence. Much of the offence is negated by cars leaving disturbed air molecules behind, and not by driver’s defensive skills. Cars behind lose downforce, heat brakes, start sliding and damage tyres in the dirty air.
So it doesn’t make for a helpful list of things to keep in mind for a driver trying to overtake. This makes on track action impossible resulting in a parade we often see.
So let me know if you agree with my opinions and suggestions. Subscribe and let’s make this a forum where we can openly and passionately discuss F1.