In the double diffuser thread I read one of its goals of having it banned is to reduce car speeds. Now this is something I've been reading over and over over the years. Restrictions on aero, bodywork, tyres, diffusers, anything to get speeds down.
Why instead of trying to regulate operational speeds that way, why don't they just say, "well allow a much greater design freedom, however in return the car may not exceed xxx km/h during a race. Maybe even us a limiter like the pitlane one that is limited at whatever the FIA doesn't want cars to breach... it would mean we don't need all those silly rule changes just to get the cars to slow down year over year and we can allow greater freedom engineering wise....
Any reason they're not going this route ?
The aim is to reduce speed in corners, not in straights.
For safety reasons, I believe.
And applying speed limiters would be pretty terrible for everything sporty in F1. Spa would loose 75% instantaneously. And high speed overtaking maneuvers would die. Then we'd IMMEDIATELY see cars reaching top speed in very fast times, because there were no restrictions: they'd have 1500+ bhp engines with dual clutch 12 speed gear boxes, wing cars, huge slick tires, movable body parts (if not adaptive bodywork) and so on and so on and so on.
And we're reminded again why some people rule F1 and others don't