The FIA gathered in Turin for their 2016 FIA Sport Conference and one of the better videos to emerge from the session was an interview with Ferrari’s James Allison who is a remarkable guy in the world of Formula 1.
We talk a lot about the current format in F1 and the hybrid power units versus the racing and on-track action. James does a fabulous job of explaining why the technology matters and what kind of technology barriers F1 is breaking at the moment as well as what barriers he believes it will break in 2017 with the raft of new regulation changes. James Allen interviews the Ferrari genius in a terrific video.
For me, the technology is important but perhaps James explains what the current issue really is when he says that the current combination of impact with the Chassis at 40%, the engine at 40% and the driver at 20%. As important as tech is, the driver relegated to 20% is an issue. Even in 2017, it doesn’t seem like the driver percentage will gain much ground.