On Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:21:49 UTC+1, Bigbird wrote:
> geoff wrote:
> > On 29/05/2018 8:11 PM, larkim wrote:
> > > So the diagnosis of Sunday was that the tyres were too fragile to
> > > permit flat out running for large proportions of the race.
> > >
> > > But presumably also the lap time advantage of the hypers and ultras
> > > over the soft were so significant that it was better to tip toe
> > > around on fragile but fast tyres than it was to run at the limit on
> > > slower tyres, if I've understood things satisfactorily?
> > >
> > > Bottas seemed to be able to run fast enough on the softs behind
> > > Kimi, so presumably any of the top drivers could have chosen to run
> > > on the softs with no penalty compared to the ultras?
> > >
> > > What could be done to make it more interesting? Harder tyres so
> > > that even if they didn't degrade much we'd at least have them on
> > > the limit as drivers, and with the mandatory tyre change
> > > requirement they'd still have to stop.
> > >
> > > Or what about a menu choice - 2 stops if using an ultra / hyper
> > > combination, 1 stop if using a medium / soft combination?
> > >
> > > As Monaco is "different", why not have different rules for this one
> > > circuit to facilitate at least some potential for action, despite
> > > the lack of overtaking opportunities?
> > >
> > > I know drivers like Hamilton complained that it was boring, but I
> > > watched in the same way that I always watch Monaco, hoping
> > > something interesting would happen but sufficiently satisfied that
> > > as its a one off race I'm prepared to sit through some boredom just
> > > in case.
> > >
> > Enough interesting stuff happened and nearly-happened through the
> > field to keep me, um, interested.
> > Less overtaking happened in Australia, so what's the excuse there ?
> It's not about overtaking, never has been. It's about do or die, hero
> or zero balls out scuffing the barriers racing.
> Attempting to make it about overtaking is missing the point.
Agree with both of those opinions. The post race commentary seemed to be
suggesting there was a complete lack of jeopardy throughout the field though
as no-one was having to risk their car by riding a knife edge of potential
performance - the knife edge was the tyres, and that promoted conservativism
in terms of driving style.
F1 is *not* about accidents or crashes, but the fact that most of the field
managed to get from A to B without hitting each other or the barriers
indicated that they were all having to play it safe, though kudos to them
all as even the usual first corner melee was avoided through skillful
My thought is that we need to avoid Monaco being a 1 stop race, but that
can't be achieved voluntarily as the pitlane time is too long and the track
position advantage too big.
Given we can't remove the track position advantage (without changing the
nature of the track) and a safe pitlane is desired by all, I'd have thought
that the correct thing to do would be to mandate higher numbers of tyre
changes *just for this track* to mix things up a little.
If there is one event where we could tolerate it being "sexed up", surely
Monaco is the one?