You may recall Indycar driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, suggesting that one way to improve (at least by 10%) Formula 1 would be to take away the amount of data teams have on offer through measuring devices mounted on just about everything on the car.
Now, Not out of pride of authorship, but certainly something I have suggested for many months now (yes, prior to JPM saying it), and something I reiterated in our latest podcast was the notion that the FIA should limit what can be measured on a car.
My comments way back then even on our most recent podcast was that the evolution of technology in F1 has created a big data moment for teams which measure everything on a car in real time and then relay that information, again in real time, to the driver who can make immediate adjustments. I argued the FIA should curtail what teams can measure and this would prevent a lot of the driver coaching that we currently have in F1.
When JPM said it, I felt like I was in good company but now Jenson Button agrees with me…well, actually he’s agreeing with JPM but I’m taking credit too.
“Juan Pablo, when he raced, there weren’t all these sensors,” said Button.
“When we were both racing back then, when you got into Formula 1, it was about learning about the tyres, about finding your feet, learning stuff for yourself.
“It wasn’t about the team telling you how hard to push through one corner and how hot the tyres are getting through another.
“You had to feel it for yourself. For me that was a lot more fun.
“There’s a lot more information on offer now, which you’re going to take if you’re a new driver.
“But for me it was an area where you could work and improve yourself, and you could do a better job than other drivers and it could make a difference.
“Now it’s not the case, so I agree with Juan Pablo, which is very unusual!”
I still maintain that this is a way to reduce driver coaching and fans at home would not miss the massive data harvest that teams acquire during the race. It would require the driver to do more and the teams to coach less.
Banning types of communication via radio is really tough because codes can be devised and the genie is out of the bottle. If the teams don’t have the info to share, then it doesn’t get shared.
Would this not be an easier to ensure that teams aren’t coaching every second of a race through strategic data shared with drivers?
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT