There was an article about preventing teams from using all the tire compounds during Friday Free Practice sessions at Autosport in which Williams tech boss, Paddy Lowe, discusses the notion put forth by F1’s tech boss Ross Brawn.
I was reading that and I understand the thought but it, in my mind, would render Friday’s impractical. Maybe that’s the point, I don’t know.
That wasn’t the topic or quotes I was interested in, however. No, what I found interesting is Paddy’s commentary on predictability.
“If you want to make it more valuable, you’ve got to prevent the optimisation and allow for effectively more disturbance, more noise, which will come from external factors, that we couldn’t optimise around.
“It will be good. Because the other alternative you get rid of the engineers by cost cap or reduce the operational staff level here [at the track].
“I am not trying to just make a lot of engineers redundant, they can do other things.
“I think Ross has realised [that optimisation is causing predictable races], that’s his own observation, and he has a project around that.”
I’m very curious at what those efforts are in Ross’s project to reduce predictability in racing. What elements would it include? We’ve read elsewhere that Ross has conceded in some part on the hybrid engines so what areas is he focused on to cause disruption to the status quo?
Again, I am concerned about an engineer simply trying to engineer his way into exciting and entertaining racing. I hope Ross does it and it is outrageously successful but I do have concerns.
As Grace and I mentioned on the last podcast, you want unpredictability? Re-introduce refueling and low-fuel, grippy tire strategies. That put the cat amongst the pigeons. Otherwise, maybe sprinklers and shortcuts for everyone.
Hat Tip: Autosport