F1 has got to the stage where it is so boring that even Toto Wolff is not going to the race this weekend.
Well, it is always interesting to see what happens when you change up the aerodynamics of a car. When they went to ground effects some drivers could never fully adjust, when they removed ground effects some drivers lost their edge. If the cars become difficult and unpredictable to drive, some drivers will adjust and some will not be able to. While the younger less experienced drivers tend to have an easier time adjusting, it is very different from person to person. It could create considerable turmoil in the field.“It's going to be a real nasty piece of work to drive. I think it’s something that if they allowed a little more freedom would allow us to sort that out, but still retain the intent of the ground effect car and low following wake.”
“Aerodynamically it’s going to be quite unstable. I don’t think that’s a nice thing to have. You want cars that are a bit more predictable, so that drivers can attack, be sure what they’ve got underneath them, they know what’s going to happen, they can drive the car at the limit knowing that it’s stable at the limit. From what I see at the moment none of those statements are true for 2021. It’s more about what’s happening at the front of the car, and where the dirty air is going, right into the tunnels. The car currently is creating its own dirty air.”
Racing Point Formula 1 team technical director Andrew Green believes that 2021 cars will be “nasty pieces of work to drive” due to the airflow off the front wing making them unpredictable.uk.motor1.com
I think that Piquet started to lose interest as soon as he won his second WDC, he was driving in an era when drivers still got killed and after a while self-preservation becomes a significant factor (look at Prost, at the beginning known as a madman and in his later years an extremely cautious, yet still very fast, driver).Actually the example I was thinking of was Piquet, Sr. who looked unbeatable in the heavy ground effects years, and seemed a lot less so with the restricted ground effects. Piquet did complain about the differences at the time.
I think some drivers excel or train themselves to excel in some circumstances, and when that changes, they sometime struggle to adapt.
We shall see if this is the case, but if so, it could get very weird in 2021 as some established drivers could simply be “off.”
Yea, I am not sure that is really going to be the case for 2021. Right now, the four engines manufacturers are close in capability, and people are indicating that they are reaching a plateau in engine development. So probably no one is going to have a significant engine advantage. And then the budget cap kicks in for 2021. So, people are not able to outspend or out-develop (by spending) their opponents. Potentially, that could mean that we could actually have a racing series of three competitive teams. That has been rare in the last 20 years. With McLaren coming on and if Renault gets its act together, it could be five competitive teams.I'm not holding my breath for 2021, I guess that from 2021 onwards it will Honda's turn to be the dominant force, the reason being that they put a lot of money in the sport and they will be given something in return,....
I really hope that you're right otherwise IMHO F1 is in deep trouble, especially considering that the young generations don't seem very interested in car racing (cars in general, sadly)Now...I am not that optimistic...but at least there is a chance that a truly competitive season is possible.
Well, there is a long-term problem. Certainly racing and performance cars are not the big deal now that they were when I was growing up. I don’t think that is going to change. And then they spend most of last 20 years with the seasons being dominated by one team....I really hope that you're right otherwise IMHO F1 is in deep trouble, especially considering that the young generations don't seem very interested in car racing (cars in general, sadly)