Was an interesting to piece to read, my own personal opinions:
-Make revenue shares fair. I'd go so far as to split the payout evenly, whether you're Ferrari or Marussia you get the same, the bigger teams will continue to do better in terms of sponsorship etc.)
-Open up entry rules.
Sort of agree:
-Halve the calendar. I'd reduce it to around 16 (rather than 10), providing the classic races weren't part of the cull.
-End back-to-back races. See above, I'd want a reduced calendar still spread from March to late Autumn so back to backs would naturally be at least reduced)
-Young driver test mini-races. Meh, what harm could it do? Might be a bit of fun and be good for gaining experience, provided whatever results there were fell completely outside the actual championship.
-Give the FIA complete rule making power. I am in favour of a single body with no vested interests setting the rules and then saying "come and play", but then again, it's the FIA.
-Slash costs hugely. In an ideal world we'd have a budget cap with more technical freedom to do whatever the hell you want within that budget, but can it be successfully implemented and policed? My main concern with this is that in the past decades "cutting costs" seems to have become a synonym for "make the rules even more proscribed and restrictive".
-Ban in-session data. I see the point being made, and I'd probably support it as part of a trade off allowing teams more freedom in the actual design of the cars but left largely in the hands of the drivers to get them through the race, but I generally don't like seeing technology get banned unless there's a very very good reason.
-Give teams more control. More revenues? Absolutely. Control? Not sure, definitely not over the techincal rules, commercially? Just give them their fair slice of the pie and be done with it.
-Ban fossil fuels. Not yet. But if it was at all feasible to allow other fuels in some sort of scientifically based (rather than BoP) energy equivalency formula I'd be all for it, although I would hazard a guess under any such formula petrol would be the way to go anyway, and for that reason it's a no for me on balance.
-Ban semi-automatic gearboxes. I see the attraction, but on balance no. If anything, the CVT should never have been banned at source.
-Create an 'F1 draft'. Who draws this shortlist up? Or would it be based purely on feeder series final standings. And which feeder series, and weighted how? Or would there be wildcards and who decides those? Too many questions for me on this one.
-Reverse championship order grids. If the 100 metres was contested within a two lane corridor, then the fairest way probably would be to give Usain Bolt or whoever was quickest in the heats "pole". In fact going on with the Olympics analogy, in swimming the fastest qualifiers get the favourable middle lanes for the final, and in 200-800 metre races the fastest qualifier gets the favourable gentler curve to run in. It's supposed to be motor racing, not motor-overtaking, and like any sport should be a meritocracy. If we can build 22 lane circuits then by all means line them up like they do for the 100 metres but till then, what we've got is the best we can do.
-Understudies for qualifying. Nope, again the sport should be a meritocracy and the driver (along with his team obviously) should be responsible for his starting position.
-Restrict in-season upgrades. Part of the fun of some seasons is seeing the likes of McLaren in 2009 come up with a sh*tbox but then through hard and clever work claw their way back into contention throughout the season. This just makes it more likely that the competitive order will remain more or less static through the season. OK give Caterham more updates or whatever, but "handicap" systems just don't interest me at all. Set the rules, make the financial situation between the teams more balanced (see above) and may the best team win.
-Random/reverse grids. As above, don't like anything other than a meritocratical way of setting the grid. And in this proposal, with the way the points are (quite correctly) weighted giving more value for a win, if I was a front runner I'd rather draw 1st/22nd and take the second race hit, than 12th/13th and be looking to aim for minor points in both hour-long races.
Edited by FerrariV12, 03 January 2014 - 16:30.