Don't have a knee jerk reaction over one race. This is the most
competitive season in the last 10 or more. Agreed, there is not much
overtaking compared to the 1970's. However, the top 4 or 5 teams are
closer than in many, many years. Closer than any time since the days
when most of the grid were on Cosworth power.
Next season is very unlikely to be competitive. Rule instability pretty
much guarantees that. There may be some great overtaking in the
backmarkers next year. Big deal. As far as changing the rules to
enable more overtaking, if that was the goal then F1 is not paying
attention. They only need to look at CART to see what to do. Bernie
and Max need to take off the stateside blinkers and talk to a few
aerodynamic engineers who can explain why CART racing is close. Big,
big hint: it's not the tyres. CART aerodynamics are specifically
regulated to ensure close racing, and it works.
I am all for rule changes that improve driver safety and/or make the
sport more competitive. However, ignoring tried and proven approaches
in other racing divisions is pure stupidity. F1 does not have to morph
into CART to remain competitive, but the '98 changes are not moving the
> The 1998 rules are long overdue and can only improve the racing.
> A quote in this weeks Autosport about Monza sums up F1 at present.
> " Its was fast, it was close - but is it racing"
> : Hopefully it is true that MS will dominate in the new gokart F1.
> : is the best way to ensure that the rules will be scrapped for '99.