just to float an idea regards extra testing.
I can subscribe to the "for fairness reason it has to be the same for all" mantra - no problem.
On the flip side of this coin. Any established F1 team/driver will preserve an advantage over let´s say they Virgin´s, HRT`s and Lotuses of this world.
Because they have years and years of empirical data. With the amount of testing limited, they can never catch up. Is this fair?
Sure, one can argue: "You should have joint F1 10 years ago, it´s your problem"
There was/is a similar situation in V8Supercars (Aus) for example.
Their take now is:
There is an extra test session on Friday (AFAIR 45 min) for teams outside the Top 10.
Not all that bad, the punters seeing the cars a bit more on the track, you can run some new/test drivers, new/bad teams can sort out some of there troubles, new drivers can learn the track a bit better etc.
In the great scheme of things, it does not change much, the good teams still win, but it may levels the playing field a little bit.
As allways, there are different ways to skin a cat.
"Make the suspension adjustable and they will adjust it wrong ......
look what they can do to a carburetor in just a few moments of stupidity with a screwdriver." - Colin Chapman
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