F1 » Gascoyne blasts F1's 'boring' desert tracks


Team Lotus chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne refuses to pull his punches when pinpointing the blame for modern-day F1's lack of overtaking - get rid of the likes of Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, he urges

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Sweeble

February 03, 2011 10:33 AM

I'm with Mike there, it has always amazed me that so much effort, money and thought goes into something so stunniningly dull. I used to be into F1 when drivers like Mansell and Senna used to duff each other up a bit, but since the new breed of drivers (too professional and young to develop a character) have been following each other around in over expensive playstation cars, I fall asleep in front of virtually every race. I love racing and am current very happy watching bike racing.

Sweeble

February 03, 2011 10:44 AM

Oh and by the way, here's how to make F1 exciting again:
- No pit stops allowed - you want to pass someone, do it on track
- A huge reduction in aerodynamics, at the moment cars can't follow each other to build up for an overtake. Could be done with standard floorpans or wings.
- More mechanical grip (bigger slicks) - allows drivers to stuff each other into corners
- Remove all electronic driver aids
- Steel disc brakes, gives alonger braking zone into corners
- Manual stick gear boxes - means drivers can make a mistake and be passed.
- Be less worried about safety - racing is dangerous, face it

If these changes were implemented, I reckon Hamilton would win. It's a shame that such a talented driver is racing in such sterile times.

The thing that the silver dwarf doesn't understand is that it doesn't matter how fast a car does round a circuit, the most important thing is that the car allows the driver to express their talent.

Nick636

February 03, 2011 11:09 AM

@ Sweeble

I couldn't agree with you more.
F1 has become sterile. 90% of the race depends on pit strategy. There remains SOOO little to be done by drivers and their individual talents. I fear things like KERS and the adjustable wings are truely over complicating things, not to mention, hiking costs.

We keep hearing about amendment after amendment to "help costs", but in the very next article you read they've allowed some strange, "clever" trickery, that no doubt costs a fair bit. Let's go back to the days where simple things such as timing a gear change, out braking your opponent etc were the REAL passing opportunities. Then and only then will there be excitement in F1 racing again.

Si - Unregistered

February 03, 2011 11:17 AM

Nice try Mike , But no one listens , The dull , boring , repetitive, lifeless tracks just keep on coming , And as long as they put shedloads of cash onto Bernie's pocket they will . .

Nick636

February 03, 2011 11:29 AM

What I'm battling to understand is how they are trying to move to 1.6 Turbo 4 cylinder engines to cut costs, but Bernie refuses to cahrge less than $600 Mil to give a city the chance to host a race... FOR WHAT???
Drop the costs, get F1 to exciting tracks like Kyalami. (Maybe I'm just a biased South African?

Calvin _

February 03, 2011 12:09 PM

Just read on Autosport that the FIA have decided that the rear wing can be used in the last 600 metres of the straight on certain tracks, and only if the car behind is within one second of the car in front. Sorry, but to me this is so fake it's unbelieveable.

What's to stop the car in front letting the car behind overtake it into the straight so that it is now behind the car and can try to overtake (except for the last lap that is). You may as well only have TV cameras at the first corner!

Nick - Unregistered

February 03, 2011 12:18 PM

Your right Si, it's all about money.

Next they'll want to host the World's most prestigious Football tournament in the desert..... Hang on a minute....

spm - Unregistered

February 03, 2011 12:22 PM

BETTER RACING IN F1 = EASY.

1). STEEL BRAKES, NOT CARBON
2). MANUAL BOX
3). 3 PEDALS FOR DRIVER (SURELY THE SUPPOSED BEST DRIVERS IN THE WORLD SHOULD BE USING HEAL AND TOE - ANYONE CAN PRESS A BUTTON)
4). REMOVE POINTLESS GADGETS LIKE KERS, ADJUSTABLE AERO
5). GIVE ALL CARS A PRE-DESIGNED FRONT AND REAR WING
6). GET DRIVERS IN BASED ON TALENT THAT ARE ACTUALLY CHARACTERS AND NOT CORPORATE *****S - SURELY THE MORE EXPERIENCED DRIVERS SHOULD BE AT THE FRONT AND SOME KID WHO HAS COME UP FROM KARTING SHOULD PROVE THEMSELVES FROM THE BACK OF THE GRID
7). REMOVE THESE DULL CIRCUITS WITH 1 MILE RUN OFF AREAS. CALENDAR TO INCLUDE CIRCUITS LIKE SPA, SILVERSTONE, MAGNY-COURS, HOCKENHEIM - REMOVE ABU DHABI, BAHRAIN ETC.
8). LIMIT THE CARS TO 6 GEARS
9). INTRODUCE A STRICT BUDGET CAP FOR TEAMS

10). FAILING THIS JUST DIG OUT A COPY OF THE '90/'91 REGULATIONS WHEN THE RACING WAS MEGA.

PLEASE GIVE ME THE JOB TO IMPROVE F1 AS THIS WILL WORK!

Igor Brezovic

February 03, 2011 12:37 PM

Gazza is spot-on! Boring desert Tilkedroms are a slap in the face for every F1 fan... and driver also. They look good on postcards, but tracks are typical "more then boring" pieces of tarmac with Mickey Mouse chicanes. Spectators don't need them, drivers don't need them, sponsors don't need them...who needs them?
Tilke monopoly in designing is also a subject for some more controversy...
No more run-off areas, bring back the grass, manual gearshift and reduce downforce.

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