The modes allow teams to increase the performance of their engines for short bursts of time. As they are too demanding to run constantly throughout a race, the FIA intends to prevent their use by requiring teams to use the same settings in qualifying as they do during a grand prix.
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According to the FIA, the growing complexity of teams’ power unit modes has made it increasingly difficult to ensure they are complying with the rules. The ban on quali modes will allow them to police the sport better.
Whether intentional or not, some expect the ban will have a positive effect on the racing. Mercedes are widely believed to have the most effective ‘quali modes’, and routinely out-qualify the field by substantial margins. The ban may take away one of their key advantages, and make for a more competitive championship.
The ban on ‘quali modes’ amounts to a mid-season change in the technical regulations, outlawing a practice which was previously permitted. Teams should not have advantages they have legitimately obtained taken away from them in the middle of a season.
Preventing teams from altering their engine performance to suit different situations amounts to a further dumbing-down of the technical regulations at a time when the sport is putting ever greater restrictions on innovation.
Changing the technical regulations in the middle of a season never sits well with me. This has a feel of past decisions which forced Michelin to redesign their tyres in mid-2003 or the banning of Renault’s mass damper in 2006.
The existence of ‘quali modes’ is hardly new, so the sudden rush to ban them is hard to justify. If it is being done to ‘spice up the show’ then I’m not impressed by that either. If Mercedes have done a better job than Honda, Ferrari and Renault, then good for them, it’s up to the others to figure it out for themselves.
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