Siao7 wrote: Exediron wrote:
TedStriker wrote:Manual gearboxes with conventional 3 pedal control. That would sort the men from the boys.
It really wouldn't. The Sky team talked about this during the past GP weekend, and Anthony Davidson was dead on when he said that it's just another skill every driver will learn. There's nothing inherently difficult about driving a stick shift -- any of the current F1 drivers could do it just fine.
The idea is not if they could do it or not. The argument is that drivers made mistakes back in the day of the sticks; and these were drivers that were used to them. These mistakes can spice up the race. Although it is a step backwards after 25 or so years to go back to the sticks, more of a leap backwards if you want.
yes agree. Having a mechanical gearshift introduces opportunities for error that doesn't exist these days. It's impossible to over-rev the engines with these automatic units, for example, while drivers can no longer miss a gear. In the past drivers couldn't change gear mid-corner either as they needed to keep both hands on the wheel, whereas now it's the norm.
It is a technical step backwards and I can see the argument for that, but I don't think that's necessarily a terrible thing. I would get rid of the hybrids, too, at least in their current configuration, but although that's technically a backwards step I think they've done more damage to F1 than possibly anything other than the tyres and at some point you have to remove any prejudices and look at what would make a good F1 regardless of what the current situation is now. What could you do with a clean slate if you were designing a pinnacle racing series, completely ignoring what is happening now, and I'm pretty sure if that question was taken seriously we wouldn't be including things like comedy tyres, DRS and technology so advanced that it shuts the door on all potential new entrants.
In the Brundle article posted earlier he echoes some of the things Johansson said in his blog and which have also been mentioned at various times by the likes of Lauda, Prost and if I'm not mistaken current drivers including Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton (although not 100% on that last one). Pretty much all of them talk about making F1 simpler and making it more about the drivers, not the car. And if that's the case then that would also include removing much of the electronic driver aids that don't really add to the spectacle but which appear to exist solely to justify the manufacturers' budgets.
And doing so wouldn't necessarily make the cars much slower, if at all. Although qualifying times have generally improved, they actually run races slower now than they did in 2004, which means in terms of racing speeds current cars aren't really that quick. This year's Bahrain Grand Prix took six minutes longer to complete than it did in 2004. In Barcelona I think they changed the configuration slightly to be fair (they added a chicane), but even so it took them eight minutes longer to complete this year's race.
So other than being an engineers wet dream I'm not really sure exactly what tangible benefits all the billions poured into the sport since 2004 have actually shown and I'm not 100% convinced that the technical argument should carry all that much weight.