The organizers of the Monaco GP are considering a novel solution to the lack of space available to create a shortcut. 26 rafts will be employed, each capable of carrying an F1 car and four average sized men with their rows, which the drivers will be able to board from the nouvelle chicane, and be ferried straight to the turn in for la rascasse. Bernie Ecclestone himself reportedly agreed to the idea, commenting that it will bring the world of F1 and powerboat racing closer. Also, he suggested that all drivers should be handed 5 tokens before the race, which will be used in an automated robotic arm that will be able to lift the cars and place them straight on top of the rafts.
Sorry to disagree but I think it's a stupid and dumb idea that further removes my faith in the people running F1. Instead of addressing the issues, they're inventing gimmicks that add nothing to the sport.n smikle wrote:The shortcut Idea is not too bad.. I read that each driver would have a limited number of times to use the shortcut... it would make racing more interesting...use your five shortcuts early? use them late? what if you and a bunch of other guys use the shortcut at the same time?... I like it..
=D>myurr wrote:Why not just put a button in the car that lets you blue flag the car in front of you three times during the race. Or each lap vary the engine power by 10% at random. Or not tell the teams what compound each tyre is so that they don't know if it's going to be soft, and therefore fast but short on life, or hard and therefore slower but lasts a longer distance. Or each lap get the race director to throw two dice - if he rolls double six then put the safety car out for a lap.
You'd get better racing. If you suspect the chap in front has an unreliable car you race him to the end hoping the car will break. Or if you have an unreliable car then you worry when the warning lights starts showing up in the last 10 laps and there's a chap right on your tail pushing you to go harder when you really want to ease off.hasalard wrote:"The other thing that's bad, in the seventies whoever was in the top six places at half distance, you could guarantee that by the end of the race only three of them would be there - and now all six are there. You don't get people stopping anymore."
Even now, drivers willing to settle to their race positions and give up figthing for more; can't think what may happen if they have unreliable cars at their disposals.
I agree, avoid silly add on gimmicks. If we want to spice things up, it should by making the cars a tougher challenge to get to the finish line , either due to limited mechanics (engines/fuel/tyres)or harder to drive (less grip/downforce).meves wrote:These boost, shortcut ideas are all rather silly. I thought a better idea was to give a gripper surface on the wide line to encourage differing lines through the corner, opening it up more for overtaking.
Making the brakes less efficient may help or even setting the volume of air allowed through for brake cooling may make it more interesting as the drivers would have to manage their brakes...
... and the passed driver would pass right back at you on the next lap.Astro1 wrote:A driver starting anywhere in the first 5 grid slots would never attempt an on track pass but could potentially use his 5 attempts to pass off-track?
Joe Saward thinks its one of the cheeky speech bubbles Bernie spits into the dead season to create PR for F1. Ther old bugger is probably rolling on the floor seeing all the discussion he kicked off.tarzoon wrote:Hilarious?! I've seen monty python sketches that were more serious than this. I can't believe this guy is still the F1 supremo... he lost the plot.ISLAMATRON wrote:Ecclestone chimes in...
Hilarious!!!! And I'm sure you'd get more shortcuts than the other teams if your cars were painted red and also get paid more money from FOM for using them."I think it would be very easy for us on each circuit to have an area where you could gain a bit of time so you could overtake - a shortcut if you like - which a driver could use five times during the race, so it would stop people getting stuck behind somebody," he suggested.
"It's good for TV, good for the TV commentators, they could talk about somebody having three [shortcuts] left and somebody else having two and what's going to happen and so on."
Might as well just make 26 parallel tracks.
How about the pilots start pressing harder on the accelerator?myurr wrote:Why not just put a button in the car that lets you blue flag the car in front of you three times during the race. Or each lap vary the engine power by 10% at random. Or not tell the teams what compound each tyre is so that they don't know if it's going to be soft, and therefore fast but short on life, or hard and therefore slower but lasts a longer distance. Or each lap get the race director to throw two dice - if he rolls double six then put the safety car out for a lap.
Not the first time. Last year he had the medal system. Yet, it's degrading: does he really need to invent something like this to generate PR?WhiteBlue wrote: Joe Saward thinks its one of the cheeky speech bubbles Bernie spits into the dead season to create PR for F1. Ther old bugger is probably rolling on the floor seeing all the discussion he kicked off.
That is the result of strict technical regulations (especially regarding engine and transmission).richard_leeds wrote:Bernie is right - I did an analysis of this in another thread, cars are much more reliable, hence less variable, hence more predictable, hence more boring.
Totally agree!! Even though F1 is the sport I have the most interest in, every sport has an off-season. That is when we can enjoy other sports and not worry about a conflict of events, and have to watch one recorded! This Sunday I get to watch my home team start its playoff run at The Superbowl.tarzoon wrote: it's degrading: does he really need to invent something like this to generate PR?
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