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Ecclestone questions moveable rear wings

Bernie Ecclestone says the moveable rear wing concept may not be the best one for F1
Bernie Ecclestone has questioned whether or not the new moveable rear wings being brought into F1 for the 2011 season will improve the show.

The decision to bring in a moveable wing has been made to try and improve overtaking, although champion Sebastian Vettel has suggested that the decision has only been taken to satisfy TV audiences.

It remains to be seen how well the system will work in a racing environment but Ecclestone has joined Vettel in questioning whether the moveable rear wing is the best way forwards.

“He's probably right,” Ecclestone told the official F1 website in reference to Vettel's view. “It is very difficult to control it by the stewards because the window of usage is very small. The chances for protests are inevitably there. To me this system looks pretty dangerous. What if the wings are not up again before the corner and the driver is lacking downforce? That could easily lead to incidents. We have to observe it carefully.”

Ecclestone was keen to point out that his much-discussed medals idea would be one way to spice up the racing, while another radical idea could also be implemented to make the action on track better for fans.

“Let's have medals instead of points. Drivers want to win and they are not racing for second, third or fourth place. So let's have a system where wins count. Last season it would have worked pretty well. Vettel and Alonso would have been even after the last race with five gold medals each, and the same number of silver and bronze medals. Vettel would have won the world championship because he had more fourth places… I call that a thriller!

“[Aside from that] look at the races we have now. Overtaking is almost impossible because in the dry there is only one line good for maximum speed because of the rubber on the track. You have a completely different picture when it is wet. We always had the most exciting races in the wet so let's think of making rain...

“There are race tracks that you can make artificially wet and it would be easy to have such systems at a number of tracks. Why not let it 'rain' in the middle of a race? For 20 minutes or the last ten laps? Maybe with a two-minute warning ahead of it. Suspense would be guaranteed and it would be the same for all.”

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Bzzzzt - Unregistered

March 02, 2011 7:54 PM

Artificial weather? Really!? If F1 has to invent stupid games to make the racing interesting (fake weather, shortcuts), then it's already failed as a competitive motorsport. We might as well go watch monster-truck rallies, for all the competitive integrity it would have. OH! I've got it.. for 20 minutes of every race, a giant metal Godzilla will threaten to scoop up cars and set them on fire through sector 3. That'll totally improve the spectacle!

Huckabrew - Unregistered

March 02, 2011 6:25 PM

Have you ever had an older relative that doesn't remember things very well anymore? So whenever you see them they always tell you the same story, which you've heard a million time. Witness Bernie and those damn medals! His idea of a thriller is a championship decided by # of 4th place finishes?!? This would comical if you knew he wasn't serious. Instead it's just sad.

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