To me, this is not about F1.
F1 has to be the most difficult beast to drive, the fastes cars, and definitely not fuel saving formula. There are other formulae with this aim, but please not F1.
Why that constant hammering on F1 needing to be the fastest cars?
The current cars are so fast that without DRS and a DRS zone you can hardly overtake anywhere on the track. Without pit stops and DRS the races turn out into a procession of cars that follow the leader. Is that racing? If I wanna see speed then I go to a drag strip or to indianapolis or other oval tracks.
As for the most difficult beast to drive. Don't you think drivers skills will be tested to quite an extend when they drive cars that have nowhere near the aerodynamic enhanced grip levels they are used to nowadays and more dependent on their buttocks to sense if a car looses control already instead of feeling confident that they can rely on near endless grip to keep them on the road?
Such cars are also difficult beasts to deal with, yet an entirely different animal then the highspeed things of today. And low downforce cars still permit high top speeds, even higher then a car loaded with wings, flaps, fins, diffusers etc just to generate downforce to increase corner speeds. So you still see what you're asking about: speed.
Unless you are taliokg about average lap speeds needing to be high and remaining high because it is F1?
In case of decent, real genuine racing with no artificial things to enable variety within what otherwise will become a procession, I don't mind if average lap speeds go up with 4 to 5 second. The teams will make up for that in time to come....
Edited by Henri Greuter, 29 November 2013 - 08:29.