F1 » Richards: Motorsport needs to 'take a serious look at itself'

Respected Prodrive chairman David Richards insists F1 must change - and fast - if it is to survive in a new era in which road car-relevant technology is the buzz word

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December 21, 2009 4:11 PM

Yes and KERS was a step in the right direction, but its gone for 2010...why? Cost?
Surely if a low weight good solution was found it could be adapted in high volume low cost form to new vehicles.


December 21, 2009 4:32 PM

Who says it has be be electrical?
We know it can be
1)motor/Gen with battery
2) Motor/Gen With capacitor
3) Mechanical ( ie flywheel)

But who says a system couldn't be made from something outside of these
Ie gas compression and release !!


December 21, 2009 4:36 PM

Luca suggest that KERS be part of the engine package and not a bolt on option. With the engine freeze I am beginning to think that the F1 designation in motor sports is now a farce.


December 21, 2009 5:00 PM

the proposed 2011 system was designed for ferrari, so obviously luca would favour it. there are some passenger cars already using regenerative systems, and i reckon that it will become more common. ok, i was against it at first, mainly due to the lax ruling on it, but i can now see that it is becoming more relevant to road cars.
this year, it was used as a "push to prevent passing" system, but, given better aero rules, it could become a "push to pass" which could enliven things a bit, when ALL have it.

Tasmin - Unregistered

December 21, 2009 6:53 PM

Dave Richards make some very relevant comments.
Disallow any component of the F-1 car that has as its primary function the goal of creating downforce. That would increase braking distances and make overtaking easier.
Disallow pneumatic valve springs. It has never found its way into mass produced vehicles and would reduce the max RPM on F-1q engines from 19.000 to a much cheaper 12.000 RPM.
As a general rule if you cannot convince a technical committee that a certain new technology can be usefull in the automotive industry within a certain time frame, then it is not allowed

F1 Novice - Unregistered

December 21, 2009 7:35 PM

"Richards: Motorsport needs to 'take a serious look at itself "

So does he.... we're not back in the day of "Top Gun" now matey change the glasses & the hair.

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