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  • lid lid Jul 18, 2006 13:40 Flag

    Is F1 going to the dogs?

    Is F1 going to the dogs? I think so. Last season BAR were banned for two races for allegedley cheating. Yet the teams who ran flexi wings this season were not punished, I know they were kind of just twisting the rules and not directly breaking them, but still cheating. Also Michael Shumacher who is an enormous talent, allegedly cheated by stopping other teams from posting better times. If that is the case then why didn't the FIA impose further action to him. Another point to consider is the engine freeze rule for 2008, the only team that this will benefit will be Ferrari, as at the time when there engines were reportedly more powerful than the competition, is the very point that engines must revert back to. The FIA president says that gaining a few hundered revs here and there, does not come through to normal car engines that you can buy from dealers today, RUBBISH. Today we have engines that can rev upto 10,000 rpm, a dream in the 80's and 90's. Engines last longer with 250,000 miles being the norm untill you hit serious problems and all this technology in todays engines has derived mainly from F1. Also variable valve timing, better fuel economy, lower emissions, multi valve heads plus many more again came mainly from F1. I have been a fan of F1 for 27 years, and recently I have been saddened by the events unfolding, If the FIA doesn't stop favouring 1 team, and listens to the rest of them so that the sport can move forward is just sheer stupidity that is killing the sport that I love. I would love to hear your views on this or any post.

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    • id like to see a formula with no regualtaions at all. fastest way to to get round the track wins.
      could never happen of course, since the driver is the weak point in the modern era, as far as going round corners is concerned, which is what F1 is about, and you need regulations to make it safe to drive (or do you?)unfortunately regulations cover everything from safety to quality and equality of racing to whether the car looks "ugly".
      they never seem to get it right in F1, and never really have. grooved tyres are a joke, the constant fiddling with the engine never achieves anything. they banned sideskirts in f1, but they were still used in the american series, and ground effect is now 75% of the cars grip in F1 anyway. just imagine back in jakie stewart's day if they said "those big wing things look a bit #$%$ and they make the car go too fast in a corner. get rid of em"
      they have made a formula that relies on aerodynamic grip by eroding the machnical grip and power to slow the cars down for safety. unfortunately aerodynamics dont work when you are close behind another car, especially when the car infront is using the same air for its own grip. hense no overtaking. it was inevitable. just need to ban pitstops again and it will all be over.
      however, i think the engine freeze will turn out to be a good thing to be honest. in the past half the field have used the same engine and nobody was complaining. in fact its probably that which gave us all those glorious races everyone remembers(?)
      as i understand it the development freeze will only cover performance (ie revs, bhp) so there will still be improvements in reliability and efficiency for the technology trickle down theorists.
      as for ferrari, just listen to shumi... i hope to contiune working with "our friends" ....i love being part of "the family" ... hmmmm?

    • F1 is a joke and is so pro ferrari it is revolting,the teams should leave ferrari in it and set up there own series and run it how they see fit not as the fia dictator max mosley does.

    • F1 has been at the dogs for years, since Williams Renault were dragged down to below Ferrari by Mr Eccleston years ago.

      I hope the other teams all pull out of F1 and set up a rival competition.

      On another note, I think that putting ballast on cars like they di (maybe still do) in touring cars would even up things a bit.