jjn9128 wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:53 pm
Just_a_fan wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 20, 2022 11:39 am
jjn9128 wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 20, 2022 11:15 am
I think my problem with the 22 rules at the moment is while they do allow cars to follow a bit closer, all it's doing is allowing them to be 5-10m ahead into the braking zone with DRS rather than level. Would be interesting to see some DRS-les races at tracks where overtaking is possible and keep it for the Imolas/Monacos where overtaking is nigh impossible.
Isn't the side effect of allowing the cars to follow closer in the corners always going to be more difficulty in overtaking on the straights? Less messed up air hitting the car behind in the corners also means less tow on the straights. So "closer following" was never going to mean "more overtaking" even if the media talking heads kept saying it would.
Yes. One of the side effects is likely a reduction of slipstream. I've always maintained more battles are what's wanted rather than more overtaking. DRS gives us load of overtakes, but they're generally sterile and dull.
I agree - it's the possibility of overtaking, preferably set up over the course of several corners, that's exciting. Knowing that you just have to get in to DRS range and then blow past is dull.
One of the amusing unintended consequences of the new regs is that they haven't increased overtaking but they have increased the ability to follow more closely. This means that even though there is no more overtaking, the media talking heads can get all excited when they see someone within half a second of someone else.
Some of the most fun things in recent years have been the "will he, won't he" moments such as when Lewis and Max variously chased each other from a decent time distance back and then managed to catch and pass within the limited laps remaining - there was no guarantee that either would pull it off. Or Fernando's brilliant blocking of Lewis in Hungary to help his team mate, similarly Sergio's similarly brilliant work doing the same thing in AD last season. That's excitement in racing, not plod round, get DRS, overtake. Repeat.
I think it's telling that most people find qualifying to be the best bit about an F1 weekend - it's pure and there is the "will he, won't he" excitement of a driver trying t pull off that special lap.
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