Well...that depends on how they can clean the track. If there is a lot of debris that needs to be removed, you need a safety car. That is the same in any racing series in the world. A slow zone or similar is the same as the VSC.Just_a_fan wrote: ↑Mon Dec 13, 2021 1:36 pmThe discussion is not because Mercedes lost. The discussion is about whether there is a better way of dealing with incidents on track that is fairer to all of the teams and drivers. We have had, over the years, lots of times when a safety car has hugely disadvantaged one team/driver and fans of all teams and drivers have had cause to complain at some point because they have fallen foul of it. We've seen the rules changed regarding being able to pit, not being able to pit, etc., as each situation has caused issues.basti313 wrote: ↑Mon Dec 13, 2021 1:11 pm
From my point of view we had these changes for the show...and this is why they are bad. But now we can not just go back as Merc was the loser.....the unlapping will stay, the SC is generally a must have as you need to clean the track with cars lined up behind the SC.
The safety car is a pretty poor way of dealing with an issue at one point on the track. It causes issues for the drivers because of tyre temperatures and it massively penalises some drivers through no fault of their own whilst benefitting others through pure luck of the draw. That's hardly the "pinnacle of motorsport" is it?
Is the safety car really the best that F1 can come up with to deal with a localised incident on track?
For me a slow zone instead of the VSC is fine.
But the issue lies somewhere else. The SC issue is big at the moment when the tires are too durable. Look at DTM with the rock solid tires...SC screws your race from first to last if you are unlucky.
If you want to reduce the effect of the SC, then you need more tire changes. At the time when the Pirellis were just melting away we had no discussion of this kind.