The Weickershof protocol changes laid out for F1 for the years 1995-1999 have always interested me. These never came to pass due to Imola 94.
Basically in terms of design restrictions there are two parralels. The car and the engine.
One could argue that the banning of the 1200-1400hp turbo's in the late 80's started the decline but I disagree.
It was merely a change in engine type.
F1 cars continued to improve and be better racecars (lower, wider, wider wheels, etc.) until 1993.
The first sterilisation came with the banning of the white label 18inch Goodyears, down to 15 inches (yellow label) for 1993.
The Weikershof was not planned until 1995 but Senna and Ratzenbergers death accelerated the further sterilisation of the cars.
A stepped bottom was introduced which eliminated sparking in F1. The cars no longer skirted the ground but ran with a central wooden plank a few centimetres above the road. This wooden plank is still used I believe.
1995 coincided with the crippling of the engine from 3.5L to 3.0 L.
Engine regulations which enforced V10 configurations meant that V12's were no longer used, with Ferrari famously the last team to let go of the V12 (412T2 was the last V12 F1 car in 1995).
Then in 1998 the debacle of grooved tyres on an open wheeled racer and the compulsory reduction in car width from 200 to 180 cm led to the needlenose designed narrow pointy cars with narrow tires we see till this day.
Then the major last change was for 2009 with the banning of winglets (some of which remain and are getting back) which was meant to give the cars a sleeker appearance. Also slick tyres came back in 2009. 2009 also saw the first reduction in the rear wing width from 100 to 80 cm I believe in conjunction with the compulsory snowplough front wing.
One didn't think these cars could look less like racecars after that final sterilization until we had the 2012 stepped nose fiasco.
The FIA said modesty panels would be used in 2013 not realising that designers do not do optional grams of weight further cementing the FIA's reputation as completely inept at drafting regulations.
And ofcourse from 1995 till today the gradual banning of cylinders, first the V12, then the V10 and next year the V8.
I always wonder what the Weickershof changes would have brought about, and how an F1 car would have looked today had Senna not died.
Last edited by gold333 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:30 pm, edited 2 times in total.
We pity new F1 fans coming into the sport in 2012. They are forced to like F1 with these grotesque nose designs.