For me, the fan at home, one of the challenges about any of the constructs Formula 1 is currently using is knowing when they are being used and to what extent.Things such as DRS have a “zone” and I guess that’s easy enough but more importantly, it is difficult to know how much power is being generated by the ERS or ICE and when and what exactly is happening in the engine and why I should care about how awesome the hybrid is if I don’t have a clue as to what going on.
Tactically the sport has become very complicated to watch for the average viewer and Pirelli’s new tire rules for 2016 will only make that even more difficult. The teams are given more compound options to choose from and can split their strategy between cars if they choose. The problem with that is it becomes even more complicated to follow.
Pirelli seem to understand that and they are working with F1 to come up with a way that fans at home can understand what’s happening. Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola said:
“We have all the data as we have a system which is integrated with FOM and sends the information to television and radio,” he said.
“We are working with FOM to give the information live during the races so that every spectator can understand what is happening.
“I think it’s useful for the media also to know what is the situation and the strategy.”
That’s good because I would appreciate it more if I knew what tactical strategy a particular driver was on and how that could impact their race. I would also like to have graphics that show power use from the hybrid whether ICE or ERS and how much of both. I can’t hear the engine being throttled these days so it would be nice to see it when it is.
Maybe it’s me but adding complexity to the sport in the hopes of creating tactically exciting racing creates confusion for those at home. F1 has always been somewhat complex and I’m fine with that but I’ll be honest, if much of what is happening in a F1 race is really behind the pit wall, how is that good for the fans to appreciate?
What else would you like to see explained better or shown in real time during races?
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT