"Too much downforce"?
We're already too close to a spec formula as it is. No way in hell do I want to get to the point where we're prescribing df levels and other such nonsense. If you get to that point, you're effectively Indycar - just give everyone the same chassis and bodywork.
Personally I am sick and tired of hearing about cost saving and restrictions on what can and can't be done - the racing is good, I will happily concede, but then so is the racing at your local Kart track - doesn't mean it's Formula1. Same goes for your point about the connection between F1 and the automobile - people get hung up on this point so many times.
Firstly, thanks for the reply.
And we may get struck of because this may be off topic ....
You probably haven't realised, but all the restrictions are to restrict downforce. That's the game, and has been pretty much since the Lotus with ground effect. Or maybe, the winged cars. Let's forget the fan car.
If you opened the book on downforce, then race drivers could not drive them. They'd die due to organ movement, including the brain.
So, there has to be a physical limit, and there is.
And by the way, it is a restricted formula already.
As I've wanted for years and years, and if I was in charge, I'd simply:
Put in a control tyre,
A minimum weight,
Some maximum dimensions,
Some safety standards
A limit put to polar moment of inertia and C 0f G,
Maybe a G force limiter (for safety - a $200 item with an alarm on it although it could be made for $20 or less)
A standardised cockpit designed around a six foot two person who weighs 11.5 stone
A ballasted seat to make up for lighter smaller drivers.
A standardised wheel (because I'd like drivers to be able to move from car to car, but that is another topic),
Ban exoitic materials,
And a set amount of a particular quality of fuel for each race.
And let them go for it. Lazy 7 litre V8 or crazy 2 cylinder 600 CC turbo, would all be legal, as would movable aero devices, and active suspensions. If the cars got too quick, then I'd just reduce the amount of fuel available. The simplest way to control speed, is to limit the fuel. And when F1 cars get too quick, they kill people.
As far as cost goes, if you open up the budgets, you'll just end up with a competition between two manufacturers, who can get the most sponsorship. And you can end up with corruption, which is what happened IMO under Mosley and Co.
We already have huge controls on money anyhow ... at the moment at least. If you want to see what happens with open checque books, look to MotoGP. There isn't much competition there these days, because its costly to win there.
Edited by Melbourne Park, 13 November 2012 - 06:48.