First of all: Welcome Back! To all of those, like the one writing these lines, who were lucky to get some time to rest and went on holiday, and also all those, who could not leave and had to stay at home…
I think there is no better way to meet up again than after the results of the Turkish GP last weekend. A race where Ferrari, and especially Felipe Massa came back to the top after an unfortunate weekend in Hungary.
Although it was a race where you could see another problem, underlined by Raikkonen, and of which I want to speak to you about today, to share some post-race thoughts. The problem I am talking about is – well, I have to say it again – overtaking in the race. But first of all it has to be said that the race track at Istanbul is a great track and apart from the well-known corner number 8, it consists of the perfect mix of medium slow sectors (decisively technical) alternated in a very clever way with numerous very fast sections, distinguishing this track.
Those who have been following my blog for a while, know that I am not really a fan of modern race tracks, but that I have underlined more than once the necessity to go back to tracks that are a bit more “old style”, where the drivers’ abilities are more important, so that a line can be drawn between those who have really good hands for driving, and those who don’t. Well, after the race in Istanbul I have almost definitely been convinced that the race track plays an important role and that with the aerodynamics of the present cars one has trouble overtaking even at Monza. At this point I ask myself – and I’m doing that deliberately after a breathtaking success so nobody can accuse me of hypocrisy – about the sense of Formula One, where everything is decided in the qualifying or on first metres between the starting line and the start itself? I don’t know what you think, but I would say that there is none!
Well done, someone might say; did he notice that just now? Right. On a first glimpse this issue seems to have a really easy solution, but in reality it’s not like that at all. It has to be said that the Federation has been trying to bring back a minimum of human aspects into Formula One for some years now (although without any success so far). So the question that comes up immediately and which I want to pass on to you is relating to the new rules, which will be introduced by the FIA next year. I’m talking for example about the complete elimination of traction control systems, the same junction box for everybody participating and above all, the possibility to buy (and I want to add “finally”) chassis from other teams.
Personally I’d say that this is finally a decisive step ahead in the direction of a return to make races much more spectacular. Although I think that there’s still lots left to be done, especially in terms of reducing the so called “aerodynamic factor”, which is the real basis of the problem of the dramatic shortage of overtaking we are witnessing.
So, what are your views…..?