So reading through some of the other threads with mentions of F1 & F2 racing together got me thinking, why on earth is there no multi class structure in any of the major single seater categories today? Why does it have to be exclusive for sportscar racing, and to lesser extent to touring cars and some of the other genres. I mean I suppose there could be a few minor open wheeler series around with more than one class racing at the same time but almost all of them are just running with the same set of (spec...) regulations. Multiclass racing provides not only opportunities for greater grids, but also offers variety and chance to see faster cars working through traffic. Once in a while cars from the lower category/categories might just surprise too and get ahead of the supposedly superior class. It's one of the reasons I love sportscar racing so much, it keeps the blood flowing.
And please no, whatever you say don't come up with the safety aspect and claim that such thing would be horribly dangerous (as if it hadn't been done before) and then refer to such accidents as Webber vs Kovalainen from few years ago. In sportscar racing, differences in lap times between the highest and lower categories are infinitely higher than you could ever have for single seaters, ranging from about 5-10 seconds on regular tracks to 40-45 seconds at tracks like Le Mans. At Nurburgring 24 hours the difference is calculated in minutes, and dear god is that not the place to have an accident with anyone. And yes the open wheelers might be more fragile if contact does occur, but the thing with sportscars is that the chance for something to happen is higher due to poorer visibility in closed cockpits (especially in dark when the headlights make it difficult to see) and also the different cars behave differently. You have the prototypes going with different accelerations in straights and corners compared to GTs, while in most cases single seater make their way rather similarly.
Also, if anyone has any recommendations of current (non club) single seater series that have multiple classes, preferably running different machinery/regs and not just separed because of some silly driver classification or similar nonsense, feel free to suggest, I'm listening.
Edited by SonnyViceR, 29 November 2013 - 21:46.