Its good news that the mix is getting sturred up and hopefully the Prancing Horse can win again, but I fear this year will be spoilt by reliability and drivers racing to the fuel tank rather than each other. Not sure how the reduced noise will go down with the crowds.
Booked my front row ticket for club corner, amongst some very good friends. Wr have the usual debates, one of my suggestions around the camp at Whittlebury was to introduce a few British Touring car rules ..... introduction of ballast and make previous race winners start in reverse order, ok it would ruin qualifying but it would make great racing
Personally I think that they missed a real opportunity for change. My idea for new cars and tracks would be:-
1) Any size engine and number of cylindars - limit the total calorific value of fuel put into cars instead
2) Any fuel you like diesel, petrol, lpg, parafin
3) Any design of engine, four stroke, turbo four stroke, gas turbine
4) Raise the ground clearance of cars to 100mm - makes cars more like normal cars and removes ground effect
5) Allow use of DRS at any point, for both lead and chasing cars, or better still ban completely
6) Reduce width of cars by 100mm - this inceases the apparent width of the track by 200mm, allows more overtaking
7) Reintroduce gravel traps - a car going off stays off, but is safer than the walls of street circuits - reduces the room for driver error
Introduce one corner with negative camber, thus a car either has massive downforce to stay on thus limiting top speed, or goes round at very low speed - overtaking would increase.
9) Allow KERS or it's replacement to be any size and duration, but stored energy must be zero at start of the parade lap.
The limits for the number of engines would remain but these changes would I believe reintroduce research done by teams and allow more innovation to filter down to the cars that we all drive.
My idea for a car would be to have a gas turbine engine driving a generator which via a kers system drives possibly all four wheels by use of motors in the hubs - I believe that the tesla uses in hub driven wheels. Why - gas turbines are efficient, but cannot change the rev speed rapidly, the kers system would soak up excess energy on braking, both from slowing the car and the excess engine revs, then release it to get acceleration, where the engine had to catch up. Incidentally, gas turbines are not powered by gas but parafin or a closely related liquid fuel. Finally of course use of four wheel drive should reduce the possibility of wheel spin at the start allowing more power to be used thus increasing the speed into the first corner.
Can't wait for it all to start again. I just hope no one's got the title sewn up with half a dozen races still to go like Vettel last year. Made for a boring championship. Slightly off topic, but gutted I can't watch MotoGP this year now BT have it.
I've been an F1 fan ever since I was a kid (Hunt, Lauda, Peterson, Fittipaldi) and have stuck with it even through all the contrivances which I think detract from what is supposed to be the pinnacle of motorsport. (Tyres designed to wear out and not grip, engines detuned year after year, punishing a driver because the gearbox in his prototype racer needs changing, etc!).
Now we have a situation where Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is disqualified hours after taking 2nd on the podium.
But... the FIA knew of the infringement 2 days before and repeatedly warned the team. Apparently Red Bull were warned during the race as well.
You can argue later if Red Bull's technical opinion on the FIA provided fuel sensor is right or wrong but the FIA run the Sport and the race. (I have my own views on FIA provided equipment and its relliability. Remember fuel rigs?)
If Red Bull didn't comply with the rules and stated they wouldn't, then why allow them to start the race?
After warning Red Bull during the race (5 laps in) why allow them to finish instead of black flagging them?
Why allow Red Bull to take the podium and the place knowing they were going to take action against them?
Talk about bringing the sport in to disrepute!
As well as FIA standing for Ferrari International Assistance maybe it also stands for Farcical Incidents Always!