F1 » Neale: 26-car F1 2010 grid could make starts interesting...

McLaren Racing managing director Jonathan Neale offers his views on F1 2010-style, when new teams are set to swell the grid and a new grand prix joins the calendar to-boot...

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October 15, 2009 5:03 PM

Pipe dream on 26 cars for next year. Let's see if the selection process holds up in court. And secondly let's see if all new teams hit the grid. We are talking 130 days for new teams to bring a car for testing and approval from FIA.

andrew mac

October 15, 2009 5:45 PM

Piercarlo - I think there was the 107% rule in 95. The likes of Simtek, Pacific and Forti rarely had two cars qualify. I think that both Simtek and Pacific were gone before the end of the season.


October 15, 2009 6:01 PM

Not just the starts but the whole race I'd say! But yes, getting through the first corner unscathed would probably be an achievement on it's own and exciting to watch. Also more cars, must mean more overtaking? :)

Only problem is that less than 1/3 of the grid will leave the race with points...


andrew mac

October 15, 2009 6:04 PM

Until speeds are reduced, the quality of the brakes is reduced and the cars aerodynamics are sorted out, there will not be anymore overtaking than there usually is. Though getting rid of the dustbin lids on the wheels is a start in sorting out the aerodynamics. Some proper circuits might help as well. Can you imagine the rubbish street circuits (especially Monaco) with 28 cars? They'll need traffic wardens! Mind you, I bet 28 cars don't turn up.


October 15, 2009 6:11 PM

there was a time, in the 60 or 70s when there were even more cars, and there was no prequalifying. ALL the cars started. from recollection, the car (brabham???) driven by rolf stommelen, was number 33! of course the tracks were a lot longer in those days, apart from monaco.


October 15, 2009 6:12 PM

But 6 more cars on the grid, means 6 more cars with the potntial to overtake.
Yea, getting the spinners banned is a good step but I still think that the double diffusers should be gotten rid of too. The cars get so close to a car then can't cope with the dirty air and drift backwards :rolleyes:

At Monaco, I can imagine very few actually finishing, infact very few getting round the first corner :p

andrew mac

October 15, 2009 6:22 PM

The main problem with the field being so big is the circuits. 28 cars on the Nordschliffe or even Spa is fine but 28 cars on somewhere like the Hungaroring will just be mad. I can see the 107% rule being coming back in or pre-qualifying.

Mark _

October 15, 2009 6:46 PM

Assuming that there will be 26 cars on the grid a good number of them will be off the pace. If there are some close battles the lappers may play more of a role than they do now. These moving chicanes may help to create more overtaking opportunities.

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