Speedster wrote:I was thinking about opening a topic about the tires too. In the three dry races of this year we have seen the front runner moving away from the field, untouchable, for a big part because he can nurse his tires for the entire race, in clean air and without having to push to overtake.
Also, the field is very close. I'm sure the cars are very close to each other too, qualifying proves this, but part of the explanation is also that drivers are just all going as fast as they can without ruining their tires.
When refueling was banned, the argument was that it would improve overtaking on the track. This didn't materialize in the beginning as the tires were very durable and F1 cars will always be difficult to overtake. As a result KERS was added (I think KERS is a good tool actually, it makes sense from all perspectives), DRS was added (one can argue that this is a compensation for the dirty air of the car in front, I'm still not sure if I like the tool as it feels artificial) and the tires are now made to last for 20 or so laps. What's the difference between this and the refueling era? I'm not so sure, as changing positions are still primarily determined by race strategy. Many of the passes we see today are not car-to-car battles, but good tire versus bad tire battles and as such not really overtakes, but just a quicker car driving past a slower. Real battles don't seem to be possible, judging by the first couple of races where Raikkonen had to back of in Bahrain after one attempt and Perez said his tires were basically gone after one attempt too. As a result, all we hear before, during and after the race is talk about how to treat the tires.
Maybe my biggest gripe with the current situation is the nasty side-effect of this tires: the marbles coming off during the weekend make it absolutely impossible to drive anywhere but on the driving line, making overtaking very tricky indeed.
With all this said, strategies still don't differ that much, because of the strict operating limits of the tire and we see everyone going for a three-stop.
Wouldn't it be a good idea to improve the tires a bit, to make them last say 25 or 30 or so laps and reintroduce refueling?
banibhusan wrote:It just boils down to a simple question. How good the racing was in 2010?
If you look back at 2010 season, every single team, driver and fan criticised the tyres because they could virtually last the whole race. The only overtaking you would see is at the start of the race or may be pitstops(which were just one or rarely 2). And that's it!!
You can argue to bring back the refueling, but with the current cost restriction, it's clearly not possible. Well racing back in the 80's were much more fun without refueling. They didn't have to save the tyres. They were just pushing to the limit all the time. What has made the difference? Yes, it's aerodynamics, ground effect, bla bla bla!! Limit that and you can have good racing again.
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