I somehow forgot it in the exitation of the week end, but I remember hearing on TV during saturday practice that teams were not running their seamless gearboxes this year, because of the relialility stress imposed by the 4 races rule.
Indeed, while hearing the shifting sound of some cockpit cams during practice, it was obvious shifting time have lenghtened again, like in pre 2007 seasons (albeit Honda I think who had their in 2006).
Then, I forgot to check again during qualy and the race. The presentator's comment was ambiguous, because he insinuated that the teams were running their gearboxes in "normal" mode (as opposed to a "seamless" one, like if they could switch modes at their will...), instead of saying they had come with the two types (independently).
It left me wondering if the seamless shift gearboxes are gone, or just "adaptable" (in terms of shifting time), to whistand the new reliability constraint?
-Does it really makes sense to say the same technology used last year would see its life time lenghtened if the synchro is a bit slower? (ie does greater shifting time necessarly means less stress on the gears ?)
-Also, how much of this change is down to the standart ECU's intrinsic limit? (maybe the new hardware imposes limitations on potential synchronisation speed?)