F1 » Whiting outlines new safeguards for 2014

FIA race director Charlie Whiting has spoken about the need for increased safety in F1, and defended the concept of DRS to improve the racing spectacle.

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January 11, 2014 12:43 PM

Passing with DRS no doubt still takes race craft. We did see numerous times this season where fast cars were not able to pass even with the DRS advantage because the leading car had better traction out of a corner (either because of car or driver) or had better top speed. That said there were no doubt times when DRS made passing only a formality.

I'm not sure how I feel about a minimum pit stop time. If it was say 4 sec that would still be quick, but not require the teams to rush like they do for sub 3 second stops. I disagree with charlie though as I do believe it would help reduce mistakes. At 4 secs the cars would also not be just sitting for long. I still don't know if I like the idea though.


January 12, 2014 11:59 AM

Good lord. Turbos. V6s. MUGH. MUGK. 160hp KERS. DRS...
Are they going to add a French Tickler too?
When are they going to go back to competing with proper race cars and slow down with all the green, "high tech" (supposedly) and artificial (DRS) nonsense?
Thanks for the welcome.


January 12, 2014 1:29 PM

shouldn't mr Whiting be addressing more important issues , i refer to drivers going way off the marked circuit but receiving no penalty unless the excursion was during an overtake manoeuvre, it seems odd to me that a driver way out in the lead and pushing to better his position after a stop can do this, by mentioning drivers way out in front i am in no way implying that their car is breaking any of the F1 rules, especially the no traction control one !

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