F1 » Domenicali warns F1 against ‘self-destruction’

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali believes F1 needs to give the new regulations time to settle down before declaring that further changes are needed

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February 13, 2014 1:16 PM

LaughingGas: You have to have more unnecessary rules otherwise the FIA can't justify itself.

Yes its like any other government, they'll never legislate them selves out of job. According to this story, Domo called Bernie a 'scaremonger" nice


February 13, 2014 1:58 PM

The sad fact is that the automobiles the public can afford are just transportation. Automakers push expensive home entertainment centers on wheels in part because the cars are so boring. They seem to think that if they put any performance in a car it has to cost more than the average person can afford and the governments are not helping with non-engineering politicians and bureaucrats writing the technical laws that manufacturers must adhere to. Governments don't want cars to be anything but a mode of transportation which yields a huge tax revenue stream and criminal fines. Formula One can't do a thing about this and the FIA even abets the bureaucrats!


February 13, 2014 6:43 PM
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Bernie is just trying to play down expectations (reverse psychology), it's clear the regs are going to impose more drama for the tv ratings. Sadly most people won't care that they are going around considerably slower than last year on fuel conservation mode until they need to make a pass.

Sadly I think that this will backfire as if there is a car like Red Bull who have a car and engine advantage, they will be untouchable, and nothing will have really changed, all the FIA has done has made it possible for people to go faster at the beginning of the race, than they might be able to last year, so the drama will play out till mid race perhaps. But the car with the best fuel conservation will just pull away at the end, and the better car will have more MJ's in ERS to blow past the slower cars that are struggling with 2MJ per lap.


February 13, 2014 7:00 PM

LaughingGas: You have to have more unnecessary rules otherwise the FIA can't justify itself.

You see the news elsewhere about national F3 championships being informed they may be in trouble for using the F3 name.
When an organisation starts targeting the entities it was established to work for, you know the people running it have lost sight of all the original goals & have been consumed by greed and self interest.


February 13, 2014 8:52 PM

@Mark - But are they fun to drive? I know I don't drive a car because it's stats are better than a car in the 1970s or 1980s. This historical comparison has no relevance to my driving experience now and even less to a nineteen year old who wasn't even alive back in the day!


February 13, 2014 10:19 PM

Ferrari ought to be winning races and F1 titles. They are a "Racing Car" manufacturer after all and few people can afford their road cars. I hope they do better than these past few seasons.

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