beelsebob wrote:Actually, the big drop in deaths was associated primarily with the push for safer tracks not cars. Senna's death for example would likely have happened in a modern car, and could only have been prevented by keeping the speed of the car at that point below the maximum safe speed for the track.
The fact that we no longer watch races through forests on narrow, bumpy, 20km long tracks with poor marshal support, and 0 run off is what has improved safety.
There is no way Senna dies in a modern car. We've seen some absolutely ungodly shunts (think Schumacher at Indy) that would have resulted in deaths, absolutely, were the cars not safer. I will grant you that there are just as many examples of safer tracks avoiding crashes altogether or reducing their result (Perez at Monaco. I still cringe), but honestly it would take an absolute hellish crash at an incredibly high rate of speed to result in the kind of injuries or deaths we saw twenty years ago.
THAT said, with the safety structure of BOTH the cars and the tracks at a very high level there is absolutely no reason to continue with the ridiculous technical restrictions in the name of safety. "Oh, that tiny hole in the floor isn't legal! It might cause you to go 'round a corner three thousandths faster!" Boring. Don't care. I'm sick of watching a race then waiting a day to see who got a grid penalty, or a time penalty, or if the result I saw actually stood. It's nonsense. Clamping down on everything so tightly you may as well be running a spec series.
I've said it before and I will continually harp on it. Stringent safety regs are a must, for both car and track. This goes without saying. Stringent technical regs... well, those lead to races won on tire strategy. Strip away all the BS about how many millimeters above the ground plane but behind the trailing front wing edge you can allow stupid aero horseshit and leave it at this: engine spec, fuel limit... have fun. Want ground effects? Go for it. Moving wings? Sure. KERS/TERS/Alexander Wurz? Why not? Take the focus off this aero fiddling and give us what we want. Differing engines, differing strategies, and a field that doesn't look like the same car fifteen times.