F1 commercial rights holder says sport doesn't need knee-jerk reaction to dull Bahrain race
17 March 2010

Bernie Ecclestone has warned against knee-jerk rule changes in the wake of a lacklustre season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Formula One commercial rights holder believes that the new rules need time to settle, saying: "I don’t think the Bahrain GP was much different to some of the other races we had last year. I think we ought to judge these things a little later. We ought to wait until we come back from China.”

Among Ecclestone’s proposals after this period are mandatory pitstops for teams, and circuit shortcuts that drivers could use a limited number of times per race.

However, Ecclestone conceded: "It would be difficult for all the promoters to alter their circuits to make that happen."

The mandatory pit stops are the option most favoured by the majority of team bosses. However reports suggest Ferrari plans to veto any proposal to add stops.

Ecclestone concluded: “There is no panic, no crisis for F1.”

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17 March 2010

So with these shortcuts, do we get to listen to the Benny Hill tune when a team takes it?

This is all getting a bit silly. As a long time fan, I just want to watch close, wheel to wheel racing where overtaking is the norm and skill is rewarded. We used to have that before the aerodynamics guys took over the world. Why not just simply ditch the majority of the aeros, get the cars simpler and get back to racing?

As a race, Bahrain was as dull as I have seen for a long time and the current regulations do not bode well for an improvement in that for the rest of the season becasuse the cars will be too heavy in the first half of the race and in the second half everyone is doing not much other than looking after their tyres. At least that's how it looked on Sunday.

17 March 2010

[quote underdog]So with these shortcuts, do we get to listen to the Benny Hill tune when a team takes it?[/quote] Quite agree, stop messing with the rules. In fact, why not ditch most of them. Allow some individuality and innovation. I miss the 6 wheel Tyrrels, V12 Matras and Lotus 79s.

 

17 March 2010

Oh for God's sake, Ecclestone! When will you admit that 'your' sport's regs need a complete overhaul?

Take a gander at this vid clip (Mansell vs Fittipaldi in IndyCars, Cleveland 1993): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND8VCprPuAo.

Notice anything significant about the cars' appearance (ie design-regs)? Simple two-slat front & rear wings, without 'gills' in the end-plates; almost-smooth sidepods/bodywork without tricksy mirror-struts, vertical slats, winglets & endless scoops & scallops; simple engine covers, without 'bee sting' or 'shark fin' profiles; full-length sidepods with a mild venturi-shaped (ie ground effect) underside. Go figure!

17 March 2010

Am I missng something, with the fastest cars at the front, there never will be much overtaking whatever is done to aerodymanics unless a standard cassis is introduced.Andthat will not happen.

Take a cue from BTCC and shuffle the pack, top ten mixed up at random and start with pole site at grid slot 7 or 9 going through to 16 or 18. Decision on suffling after qualifying so it can't be rigged.


17 March 2010

[quote Autocar]The Formula One commercial (Bernie)... saying: "I don’t think the Bahrain GP was much different to some of the other races we had last year.[/quote]

There in lies the problem. There's too many boring race tracks in F1 now. All of which have paid Bernie a vast amount of money to hold this. Not for the sport, but just as an attraction to their country.

To start off a new season with one of the most boring of these new tracks was a huge mistake. Should have been Melbourne. Or Spa. Or Silverston. Not Bahrain, Valencia, China, etc. In fact, those tracks which produce boring races should be dropped.

17 March 2010

Here are my suggestions:

1. Get rid of Hermann Tilke. He has had more than enough chances to design F1 tracks, and has produced 1 of note - Turkey. By all means, keep him on to design circuit architecture and multi-coloured space stations in Abu Dhabi, just don't let him design the track itself.

2. Aero - simple (two-chord) front wings, single-chord rear wings and single-plane endplates for both front& rear. Lower noses to stop them channelling air under the nose and around the sidepods. Flat bottom between front of front wheels and rear of rear wheels. No gaps, slots, planks or other malarkey. The moveable front wing thing hasn't helped, so ditch that as well as any driver-assisted aero devices such as McHamilton's new device to stall the rear wing. This is a path that F1 does not want to go down - drivers have more than enough buttons and gadgets to deal with at the moment. Witness how difficult it was for Fisi to get to grips with the Ferrari's controls last year compared to the FIndia's.

3. Two tyre companies with two compounds each. Both BRANDS must be used during the race, but whichever compounds you like.

4. Reduced braking ability. Don't know if it is best to reduce diameter or go back to steel instead of carbon, but increase braking distances and therefore brake wear so that we can have braking zone passing attempts.

5. Unfreeze the engines, but come up with a cheaper basic engine design. From what i gather, the current ones are phenomonally expensive for what they are.

I have never had a problem with the idea success ballast (eg - 1 kg ballast per point scored, well not on the new scoring system maybe...), but i know a lot of others consider it too artifical. Personally i think it to be no more artifical than many other measures that have been introduced over the years. The big teams can keep spending because they will be carrying more and more weight, so eventually during the season the scales must gradually start to tip in favour of the slower/poorer teams.

17 March 2010

Anyone else think what happens off the track is infinently more interesting than what happens or is going to happen all season on the track?

Peter Cavellini.

17 March 2010

Short cuts.... Another BE ruse to generate publicity. Unbelievable, so no incentive to pass during racing at all......

I agree with the other posts here, put some form of standard wings, ban diffusers - standard under car shape that no-one can see, etc. Remember CART cars could draft each other and still get around the corners when passing...

I like to sound of smaller brakes too, but costs would probably escalate to find a new solution/advantage.

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