Post by Sir Tim Post by John
As much as F1 needs to be a better show, refueling doesn't seem to be one
of the needed changes.
A bloody stupid idea that would add nothing to the show except the
possibility of seeing drivers and pit crew incinerated.
I also think it's not the best idea but it wouldn't 'add nothing' to the show. The cars would be
quite a bit lighter so faster and it's likely that those old track records from the V10 / V8 days
that still stand would finally tumble. (Especially those that were set when refueling was part of
the race so the cars were lighter than the current cars.)
It's not good for the image of the ('pinnacle of technology') formula when the latest cars aren't
as fast as the cars from a decade ago. Having smaller fuel cells / shorter stints would likely
change that. It would also add another layer to race strategy that could possibly engage fans more
- or confuse them more depending on their level of 'fandom'.
Then you have to consider that the franchise owners are American now and refueling is an integral
part of most high profile American racing series so it might make the formula more familiar feeling
to a US audience (and add a sense of danger to attract the ghouls).
Another perhaps unseen benefit is that we might finally get rid of the farcical frangible tyres /
two compound rule (designed to make the teams consider more frequent stops and use non-optimal
rubber) and see non-artificial race strategies instead. At least then there maybe wouldn't be kilos
and kilos of petrochemicals getting scattered off-line every weekend and perhaps more of the track
would be usable for racing as a result?
I acknowledge that most of that is speculation but sometimes the ultimate results of changes aren't
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy little classification
in the DSM"
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