Edax wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 14, 2022 9:36 pm
chrisc90 wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 14, 2022 8:27 pm
Mogster wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 14, 2022 8:15 pm
The BTCC adds laps under SC to the end of the race, to a maximum of 4 iirc. The teams fuel for race distance +4. F1 could do the similar, add SC laps to race distance within the last 10% of the race. Of course the teams would have to fuel for the maximum race distance possible.
Unnecessary red flags just feel gamey.
Exactly this! (I said the same on the SC car thread) 4laps of fuel probably is only a few kilos of fuel. That way the race is neutralised to a set number of laps, people can change tyres if they have a free stop (same as any other time in the race), we dont have a last lap shootout, theres no uncalled for red flags to reset the grid and lose the race from a bad start etc.
Its just a simple solution that is sooo easy to implement. You can guarantee the teams wouldnt even need 4 laps of fuel if they can go super fuel saving behind the safety car, so they might actually only need 3 additional laps of racing fuel.
I find a weight for BTCC of 1370 kgs which is over 500 kg’s heavier than f1. I can imagine that a bit of fuel has little impact there
For f1 4 laps would be 7-8kg’s of extra fuel. And the only way to enforce it is to add it to the residual fuel requirement. Otherwise it would be much too tempting to underfuel since the risk of having to need it is less than 5%. So you would be sacrificing a few tenths on every lap of every race for that one occasion you need it.
It is of course doable, but frankly I find the cars already borderline obese as they are. I wonder wether this would really make the racing better.
I dont know the exact fuel consumption of a F1 engine so hard for me to comment regarding the weight. I think the possibility for a underfuel would add a bit more into the excitement. We will never know fuel loads, or how much the cars finish with, but if there was a risk a team could underfuel to have a bit advantage, with the risk of a safety car coming out and extra laps, it would add a bit more of a strategy into it.
BTCC have a lot more weight, but I guess they are in the same boat as F1, all teams will want to have the lightest car possible and some might only account for race distance on fuel rather than possible extra 4 laps.
Maybe with the 2026 regs, and more energy deployment it could become more feasible, without the concern for extra 6-7kg of fuel.