During the German Grand Prix weekend, Toto Wolff, Christian Horner and an unnamed gaggle of hothead F1 drivers appeared to float the idea that track limits should be abolished and drivers should use all the runoff they like to create the best line through a corner.
What say yinz? Should F1 continue to be subject to a tyranny of white lines, or does the future look like one of those toll booths on a French motorway where the road becomes an open plain of tarmac and order and precedence among motorists is dead?
Surely there's a faster way up Eau Rouge. Those new runoffs at Monza are asking for it. Maybe there's a shortcut or two to be found going out of bounds at Monaco. Feel free to use Photoshop, Paint, Google Earth etc to prove your points.
I expect to have a position paper ready for Charlie by the end of the summer break.
Edit: Here are Wolff and Horner's quotes (thx KnucklesAgain):
"We have a million miles of run-off areas and it becomes less and less spectacular and we wonder why we have audiences with less interest in what we do.
"So my opinion is that be it Club or Copse [at Silverstone] or whatever, just let them drive the quickest line.
"If it is somewhere really unsafe because we are coming too close to the barriers, or when you rejoin you are putting others in danger, then look at the specifics of that one corner.
"But for the rest, just let them go, let them drive, [create] spectacular pictures.
"If you start to analyse the white line and whether a driver has put two centimetres of his tyre on a white line and his lap time is going away, nobody understands anymore.
"This is not long jump, where two centimetres make the jump invalid, this is a six-kilometre track and two centimetres shouldn't be changing that."
"There is a white line that goes all the way round the circuit and one very easy way of [controlling track limits] is that if you have all four wheels over that line, you're out," he said.
"In other sports, it seems to work whether it be with a ball or a foot or whatever it may be.
"There is a reluctance to do that, which is fair enough, and if there is a reluctance to do that, than you have to allow the drivers to use what is there.
"You can't have one rule for Turn 1 and another one for Turn 17 because that's too confusing for us within the paddock let alone for the fans, to say he's a bit out there but he's a bit more out there.
"That for me isn't clear and something we need to move away from, so either come up with something simple or let them do what they like."