Formula 1 teams have approved plans to introduce new ‘aero handicap’ rules to the sport.
Under the regulations, which were first revealed by RaceFans, different restrictions on aerodynamic development would be imposed on each team depending on where they finished in the previous year’s championship. The most successful teams would face tighter limits on how much wind tunnel and CFD work they can do compared to their rivals.
The FIA World Motor Sport Council will decide whether the rules are added to the regulations. Should they approve or reject the plan?
The ‘aero handicap’ would help correct the significant performance gap between the ‘big three’ teams and the rest of the field which has developed in recent seasons. This has seen that trio win every race since the beginning of 2014.
Changing that will help remedy one of F1’s biggest problems and promote closer, better racing.
Fundamentally, this is no different to introducing success ballast or similar gimmicks which F1 has rightly shunned. It rewards those who’ve under-performed and punished excellence. It’s the exact opposite of what F1 should be doing.
Though it may close the field up, it will do it by further undermining the fairness of the competition.
I could just about get on board with this idea if it was sold as a short-term measure to re-balance the competition, which has been distorted by years of grossly imbalanced prize money payments. These have favoured the big teams and allowed them to build up a huge advantage over the others.
But that doesn’t make it any less a fundamentally unfair idea. And one which I fear could do at least as much harm as good.
Consider that in 2016 and 2017 Force India (now Racing Point) managed to finish fourth in the championship with lesser resources than many of the teams they beat. This was a triumph of resourcefulness which, under these rules, would be punished by a reduction in their capacity to develop the following year.
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