Ten years to
five years is what pot[ai]to is to pot[a:]to. Even the pre-homologation rules have been too restrictive and it's only against those self-imposed conditions that any freeze has appeared even moderately sane. The regulations and conditions in F1 have gone from integrative to derivative and one doesn't need to draw very unlikely parallels to see that the evolution in the management philosophy of the sport is being physically reflected in the vehicles it produces. We've left the f(F1) and going off on a falling tangent slope. Alas, in time what's below the bottom line will also align itself to the currently preferred reality. No wonder Tomba and Principessa have to report that Toyota engineers, for example, are exploring challenges above and beyond F1.
It is clear that recently technologies such as VCR have come to age. Sufficient investment, will and resources exist to make variable compression close to a standard in new ICE/hybrid vehicles in five years' time. Except F1, apparently. Meanwhile there's a vast number of proven and near ubiquitous engine technologies that F1 has already discarded in spite of their direct relevance to almost all contemporary vehicles and their clear advantages. I trust I don't need to name examples of these even if we've come to not question why those should be kept outside the realm of some of the most capable automotive engineers in the World. This needs to change. The disconnect between F1 related R&D and its returns is frankly appalling. If the five year scheme is accepted, it is the first order of things for the manufacturers to use this time in addressing this is a sustainable fashion.
Such a solution cannot be built around a single concept. There are very few things that are essential in steering the sport. It needs to be understood that no one man, nor even a few good men alone can realise the full potential that can be unleashed. A budget cap will seem like a ludicrous proposition if you end up earning, or saving, more (much more) from an idea than you invested in it. I know I don't have all the answers, not even close. But at least I'm willing to ask questions. What about F1?