More rule changes ahead but shouldn’t the drivers get more say?
As Mercedes celebrate another win, the FIA are already looking towards 2015 and yet more rule changes. Considering some of the changes introduced for this season it’s often a worrying time when potential changes are mentioned. Top of the list this time around seems to be the idea of introducing standing re-starts following a safety-car period from next season. It’s an idea that has already got the F1 world talking.
Anything that increases the possibility of place changes occurring is a good idea in my book. I can’t be the only F1 fan who wants to see that happen rather than a procession to the finishing line. But as Lewis Hamilton has already commented, such important changes such as this should see more involvement from the drivers themselves. He believes that drivers and stewards “should definitely try and work together.” That’s totally understandable; after all they are the ones who are affected by the changes.
Already voicing his opposition against the idea is the driver who is more than likely going to be entering 2015 as defending World Champion. Nico Rosberg understands the fans desire to see exciting starts but feels the ideas are “very extreme” and hopes “it’s not going to be done.” Rosberg definitely isn’t alone in voicing concerns about the planned rule change with Daniel Ricciardo feeling it would be “a bit too artificial.”
So why are such changes being considered? It’s all down to providing more excitement in races. It’s the same reason they decided to introduce a ridiculous point-scoring system for this year’s Championship. Double points for the last race? This is F1 not the final round in a quiz show.
It’s the lack of overtaking that takes place during the current rolling starts that the rule makers want to eliminate. But a standing start a fair way to re-start the race? The standing start may well increase the chances of there being some place changes but if someone’s in a great position before the race has to be stopped, they’re not going to be in the slightest bit happy if a standing start sees them drop back a few places. Sometimes what is good for the fans is the exact opposite for the drivers.
When F1 bosses aren’t trying to make the sport more exciting to watch, their eyes are firmly fixed on their purses. Cutting costs is the reason behind suggested changes that will see reductions in the number of testing periods and engines used and the amount of research and development that takes place. There are also plans to make cars “more aesthetically pleasing structures” as action is taken against the unattractive noses that have crept into the sport this season.
Every sport knows that it can’t just stand still and they always need to be looking at making any changes that can improve their product. Costs have to be kept under control too but I’m sure the next few months will see plenty of discussion about the proposed changes and driver input really is important.