@bascb Yeah, exactly. Last I can recall, Pirelli and the FIA said they were still planning to phase tyre blankets out after the new rules came into effect, but I don’t remember if there were any updates reported after that.
The GPDA did what they did because they had no confidence in Pirelli’s ability to design a tyre compatible with tyre blankets.
I think you meant “with no tyre blankets,” but the funny thing […]
It seems that a lot of things would get simpler if tyre blankets were banned. That way, the only way to manipulate tyre pressures and temperatures will be with the driver’s hands and feet — and the pressures and t […]
Full credit to him for his incredible overtaking performance on Sunday, but that last restart was arguably more an example of his aggressive style putting heat into the tyres and turning them on […]
@nanotech I agree.
Some would call this heresy, but I’d like to see refueling allowed only at some events, probably low-deg tracks like Monza and Monaco. I like the strategies you get with refueling, and I a […]
I think Steiner’s comments are reasonable for F1.
I think it’s a good rule in that it’s fair and simple, but deleting one timed lap for causing a disruptive local yellow would be a much stiffer penalty in F1 […]
Mark Zastrow commented on the post, Does F1 need a rule to discourage deliberate qualifying crashes? 2 weeks, 6 days ago
@jeff1s I agree with your second point. Intellectually, it would seem as if drivers would have incentive to back off. But in the moment, that rarely happens. That’s especially true in qualifying, when track e […]
I think the tyres are the biggest question mark—if they don’t get a new set of tyres, the whole thing could be anticlimactic if no one improves. But if Pirelli are willing to bring extra sets, I don […]
@geemac Part of me agrees with you. I can understand why Verstappen, too, is opposed to any penalties. We want to see drivers on the limit. The walls at Monaco are punishment enough. Why give them an artificial […]
They could install an illegal device anytime—before qualifying, before practice, before they even arrive at the track. There’s nothing magical about the time between qualifying and the race that makes that d […]
Yes, there’s no parc ferme after Indy 500 quali—in fact, the teams were out practicing in race trim an hour later.
@bascb Good point on the curfew being the limiting factor. Still, I think that the whole mindset around parc ferme no longer seems necessary. But consider that an unrelated point. :)
Is there even any reason to have parc ferme anymore? IIRC, the original rationale was to prevent teams from developing “qualifying specials” to keep costs down. But with the cost cap coming into effect, it’s now l […]
Mark Zastrow commented on the post, Power at risk of not starting Indy 500 after first day of qualifying 3 weeks, 5 days ago
@stefmeister I too long for the days of proper Pole Day and Bump Day, and I agree the current sessions are often lacking the tension of the old ones. But for me, the reasons are more the low entry count, the lack […]
If the rule says that ‘body work should not flex’, then it is a vague and pointless rule that needs to be rewritten anyway.
@keithedin You are exactly right, and, as far as I can tell, that is in fact what the […]
@david-br Yeah, I understand Toto’s point about the protest timeline, but I suspect the OP was referring to Lewis’ quote in the story, which is a more general complaint about the FIA letting Red Bull pull one ove […]
Mark Zastrow commented on the post, Monaco Grand Prix is "never exciting" and format must change, says Hamilton 1 month ago
Not a bad gimmick, as far as gimmicks go. It’s not very different from the existing gimmick of mandating a pit stop to change tyre compounds. It’s basically a joker lap with a speed limit.
You may as well mak […]
@zann I can see it both ways. I think the approach IndyCar takes makes sense for IndyCar because it’s rooted in oval racing. The attitude that overtaking is a skill, and that working through backmarkers is a t […]
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