Early season F1 2013 has set up the next phase

Let’s look at the remaining 2013 F1 calendar:

12 May – Spain (Barcelona)

26 May – Monaco

9 June – Canada (Montreal)

30 June – Britain (Silverstone)

14 July – Germany (Nurburgring/Hockenheim)

28 July – Hungary (Hungaroring)

25 August – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

8 September – Italy (Monza)

22 September – Singapore (Marina Bay)

6 October – Korea (Yeongam)

13 October – Japan (Suzuka)

27 October – India (Buddh International)

3 November – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

17 November – United States (Austin)

24 November – Brazil (Interlagos)

 

The initial set up has been balanced.

Red Bull still have the ‘fastest car’, but Lotus and Ferrari have obtained just the right balance of speed and tyre wear.

Which leads us to the main issue – tyre wear. See how I did that?

Some people are bored of tyres being this crucial.

Then the opposing argument is ‘but otherwise they would be rubber bullets and the racing would be boring’.

That’s not true.

Racing was boring in the past because Ferrari had a massvie advantage, in a number of ways.

Moreover, tyre wear is not the only variable.

Refueling could provide yet more variables, as it did just a few years ago.

Teams could then choose their fuel load for qualifying, which they would take into the race.

Then, ‘slower’ teams would choose to qualify higher up, and all teams would need to manage the balance between qualifying pace and the fuel load at the race start.

Also – DRS.

It does again split decision over whether it is a good thing or not.

My own opinion is that if they are that keen to introduce it, then ideally, it should have rules attached, such as the number of times DRS can be used.

Otherwise we have the ‘sitting duck’ scenario – there is little to no defense for DRS, and that, therefore, takes away the ‘driving’ aspect. Both drivers must simply sit in their cars while one overtakes the other, solely due to a gizmo on the rear wing.

KERS is different because even the car being overtaken can use KERS.

Anyway, no one listens to me 🙂

F1 will continue with these things if the decision-makers deem it necessary to create the race spectacle that they may desire.

The next few races are about:

– can Ferrari make the right calls, set up the technically-functioning car?

– can Raikkonen be consistent enough in qualifying to allow him to battle with the Red Bull from the start?

– do Mercedes really now further understand their tyre wear and can therefore compete in the race?

 

 

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