: On Sun, 19 Oct 1997 18:03:27 -0700, Mark Fahrenkrug
: >Lets drop Jaques v. Michael for a moment, okay?
: >What do you think about the 1998 rules? I think that they mean a Formula
: >3 looking car. And those grooved tires...what will that mean?
: >I always thought that first, you pays you monry, you takes your chances,
: >vis a vis speed and danger. Also, I always thought that f-1 was about
: >the cutting edge of speed and technology. So what is with this 1998
: >formul, anyway?
: Just becase a racing formula specifys a certain maximum width or
: specifies a certain tyre in order to make the racing safer or more
: competitive, it dosent mean that the there will be less technology.
: I will welcome these changes if they mean closer racing and more
: overtaking. It remains to be seen if these these new regulations will
: bring about more exciting races. Perhaps a better idea would be to
: specify smaller wings. This would make it possible for cars to follow
: closely without losing downforce.
: Most of all, I want to see cars that are state of the art and are
: pushing the limits of technology. I would like to see more technology
: such as active suspension or wings, but I am concerned about the
: reliability/safety issues associated with these.
: Its rather ironic that these changes come at a time when there are so
: many closely competitive teams. This year has been seen several new
: and less well regarded teams giving top performances. It has been
: good to see different teams performing well at different circuits.
: Unfortunately, like previous years the races outcomes are determined
: too much by strategy and luck rather than the driver skill. I hope
: that the new regulations will change this by allowing more scope for
I would love to think that the new changes will make the racing closer, but
I have no reason to believe it and every reason to not believe it. Grooved
tyres will give less grip than existing tyres, meaning more of the downforce
will have to come from the aerodynamics of the car. This means that cars will
be adversely affected in terms of grip to a greater extent than before, and
will find themselves fighting to control the car against the effects of the
wash of the car in front to a greater extent. (Theoretically) It would perhaps
have been a better strategy to have increased tire sizes to their previous
extents and reduced the wings for the same level of overall grip, but with less
reliance on aerodynamics for that grip. No doubt there is a counter-argument.