F1 » Webber: Rule changes won't turn F1 upside down

Mark Webber has criticised the timing of the latest F1 rule changes, but insists that they won't hamper Red Bull's charge to another brace of titles.

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June 24, 2011 8:40 AM
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It seems to me that either your car is designed within the rules or it is not. Changes to the rules should not be happening mid season forcing teams to change their developed car design and set up. That just makes it more expensive to participate. I thought the aim was to try to make F1 more affordable in the post GFC era!

oldtimer - Unregistered

June 24, 2011 9:14 AM

Googolplex has hit the nail on the head. There has always been one team that reads the rules a certain way and takes them to the extreme, however they usually get curtailed at some stage, some of us might call this cheating or rulebending at the very least. This will always happen when highly creative minds set forth to produce the best result. The problem is the high cost of developing aerodynamic parts for the cars. All the teams spend a huge amount of money in windtunnels and the like to maximise there cars, new parts are produced for every race and often discarded just as quickly. This seeme to me to be the one big area where costs could really be dramatically reduced. The answer I suspect is to ban all of the highly complicated aerodynamics and settle for new rules simplifying what is allowed. Clearly these new rules need to make it very clear that no leeway is aloud, you produce a car that is TOTALLY within the rules or you are out. Radical I think not


June 24, 2011 9:49 AM

As usual Mark tells it like it is. He is 100% correct. Why change now? If it's legal at the start of the season, thats how it stays for the duration of the Championship. No wonder F1 has such exorbitant cost. According to Mark, sounds like Lotus Renault will be the worst affected. Just really silly. Absolutely no commonsense has gone into this decision. Are they trying to send the teams broke?

christy - Unregistered

June 24, 2011 10:51 AM

change?..gee i think this marky is already worried..then why would he comment like that?..obviously what he meant or rebull doesnt know what will happen to the way of rebull-races and how it goes..after the rules change....it only a 1 race or 2..they find out..and other big rival like ferrari alonso will charge up front...THIS IS WHAT HE MEANT..



June 24, 2011 11:06 AM

googol and others. that is what i have been saying all along. it is totally stupid, that the bulls and others can be passed by the stewards, who also check ecus, as totally legal, and now, because charlie says so, certain legal items are suddenly declared illegal.
i think that the grandees of f1 are ashamed of being trounced by "a drinks company", that they will do anything to try and eliminate any advantage rbr may have. i suppose next they will be saying that having newey as designer, is illegal, and he will lose his job??????!!!!!

quentin - Unregistered

June 24, 2011 12:33 PM

i think red bull seemed to be the most worried over the new rulling. also saying that the teams havent got to do any redesigning to the body or anything have they all its a case of doing is to re map the engine thats what a lot of the lower teams have wanted is the off throttle use of the difusser stopped. if the red bull car is as good as they say it is then why is christian moaning about the rule change. would understand if the teams had to make new floor,wing etc but they dont

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 24, 2011 2:47 PM

An article on Yalla says that Newey is furious about the rules change. Good indicator that it WILL change the pecking order. My guess is that Ferrari has been appeased again. Their threat to leave has always gotten them special things.


June 24, 2011 3:04 PM

@Rob, is he furious because of the effect on RBR cars or is he furious because its a waste of time, money, resources etc when they have built a car to the prescribed guidelines, only for those guidelines to change? It really is a disgraceful, arrogant, self centred decision to change the rules in the middle of a season. Imagine that happening in any other sport.

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