I think I'm being extremely clear and friendly towards you. With wearing off I mean exactly what I said. Effects to slow the cars down started to wear off lately.timbo wrote:What do you mean by "wearing off"? Ten years from 1994 we had cars which lapped 5-6 second faster will smaller engines and all the restrictions you mention. Without such restrictions I recon we'd see 7-8G cornering and drivers would not be physically able to finish the race.gold333 wrote:
I semi-agree that the sport had rules to limit speed since the beginning but the Weickershof protocol adopted (mainly post Senna's crash) had profound "castrating" effects on the cars. the effects of which are only starting to wear off 20-25 years later.
Cars were narrowed from 2.0m to 1.8m to slow them down in 1998. This effect will wear off in 2017 and the old size will be reverted.
Cars were given grooved tires to slow them down in 1998, this effect wore off in 2009 and the old slicks were reverted.
Care were given 15 inch tires to slow them down in 1993, this effect will wear off in 2017 and the old 18inch size will be reverted.
Yes you would have seen 7-8g cornering forces in 2000-2005 already, had Weickershof not been implemented post Senna's death. In fact mid way through 1993 there was talk of introducing G-suits for F1 drivers in the period 1995-1998 if development continued at the then current rate. The 1993 electronic cars with hydraulic and electronic brakes inc. ABS were braking at 6.5G on some tracks already.
All I said is that I wondered what a current F1 car would have looked like had those castrating changes (grooved tires, narrow body, tires, stepped bottom, etc.) not been implemented and Senna had not died.
Now, only post 2009, 2017 we are starting to bit by bit revert back all those slowing down measures.