garrontower wrote:Would it not be better if all cars had to carry "Race Fuel" from the start of qualifying?
How so? The cars go faster if they can refuel.. surely the whole idea it about racing. In addition, with over three times the current fuel in an F1 car there would be added issues such as, what happens if a car runs out? Can they pit for more? Or will they get penalised?
garrontower wrote:...must stop its engine before the change can commence and remain stationary for 30 seconds?
Why add in silly penalties like this when it is easier to just let teams change tires. The scenario you suggest is unfair on a car which suffers a puncture and, even if you checked for punctures it adds another area where there is potential for abuse by teams. Likewise, when it starts spitting with rain and two teams pit for intermediates (I'm just guessing this will be 'penalty free') they're screwed compared to teams who can handle the few laps without pitting if it stops raining.
Letting the teams manage their race-distance refuelling/tire changes and you end up with the most practical, fastest and (generally) safest way to finish a race.
Why screw with it because one pit stop in 100 ruins badly affects someone's race? Surely performing under pressure is a skill just as is making a carbon wing.
F1 already has enough finicky details without the addition of all sorts of extra "30 second penalty for *this*" clauses. They just create confusion amongst fans and would ruin races more than the often claimed fuel/tire stop issues. And getting rid of refuelling seems like such an utterly pointless aim. I'm yet to hear any argument for getting rid of it other than basically "some races got ruined by a botched refuelling". How many races have been botched by engines blowing up or cars being hit on turn 1? A hundreds times more.
If you take this to the nth they should just make a rule which says: if any two cars touch at all they're black-flagged immediately. I bet it would stop all on-track incidents in no time.. Why not get this rule in place too?