I was reading an article over at Autosport that was an interesting concept about the car inspections. Should Formula 1 adopt the NASCAR approach to open technical inspections? According to Ross Brawn, that might be an interesting way to keep teams competitive.
“In NASCAR, you can go and look at someone else’s car – strip it apart and see what’s in it,” he added.
“That’s their way of keeping everyone loosely competitive.
“No one objects, no one has a problem. It’s a philosophy that should be thought about.”
“It’s an open-door policy, so any other team can come and observe,” said NASCAR’s vice president for technical inspection and officiating, Chad Little.
“They’re parked right next to each other just like they are in the garage; nobody covers anything up.
“When the parts come off, they’re laid there for anybody else to see.”
The point here is that McLaren Honda could have a deep look at Mercedes or Ferrari and see how their car is built. It would be completely antithetical to what F1 has done before and would seriously open a floodgate on borrowed IP from other teams on how to build cars.
Would it work in keeping the teams more competitive with each other? It seems to work in NASCAR. What do you think? Should F1 open its doors a bit and allow teams to see underneath their competition’s grill?
Hat Tip: Autosport