You're missing the point. It's not about the actual energy usage, it's about Formula One's image in the world. Using modern efficient, more greener engines gives a better image than the current frozen, old ones.
This image can be acieved in various ways, including those which don't make the cars 5 seconds slower and ridiculously underpowered. They want to cut drag? Use active aerodynamics! And increase ground effects, for that matter. More efficient engines with more "eco" technology? Sure, but why does this has to imply low power? Want more eco PR? Use "alternative fuels of the future"!
I don't see why an arbitrary amount of horsepower is necessary either. The engines need to be powerful enough to give us good racing at a high enough speed. No more, no less.
F1 cars must be fast. Being powerful it also and asset, because it makes the cars more exciting for the fans. It's important, because good viewer ratings and filled grandstands are beneficial to the sport. Good racing is more important, of course. But high horse power doesn't contradict it - on the contrary actually, because it makes the drivers more prone to error (i.e. it produces more overtaking opportunities).
Reducing F1 power to GP2 levels is a very bad move. They will BS that the cars have more power (adding the KERS value) than in reality but fans will know the difference (and the laptimes will show it).
Soon we will get a "new, more F1 relevant" lower formulas with a lot less power and slower laptimes
I wonder if IRL or LMPs will size the opportunity and get a few seconds quicker..
The diffuser hasnt even been removed so it just seems even more stupid.
Removing diffusers is not a good idea.
Edited by DrProzac, 09 December 2012 - 10:48.