Bernie Ecclestone suggested having short cuts in formula 1 which a driver can use 5 time during a race. These shorts cuts are to provide more chances of overtaking since refueling is not allowed from next season.
My first question to Bernie is have you ever seen a race? If so you would not give such a ridiculous idea. This idea would cause chaos and would not work for following reasons:
- Adding shorts cuts means complete redesign of track. Short cuts added without proper though being put in could lead to spending extra time on track. Just considering all the corners that we know in F1 catalogue it seems impossible to add more than 3 shorts cuts that would be beneficial. What maximum can be achieved is removing some chicanes as short cut allowing but that would reduce the fun of racing.
- Adding short cuts mean changing racing line, this would lead to a set of problems. First, design of cars will be more complex as adding some shortcuts means adding those additional corners. That would change the complete down force equation of cars, especially at different fuel levels. Second issue would be with accidents. Imagine two different racing lines crisscrossing each other. That itself is evident that at those high speeds we will have more disaster than fun.
- Second race driver (or second race team) can help leading driver by preventing his competitor from taking a short cut. By position parallel to competitor whenever he is planning to take a short cut, his race can be ruined. This will lead more to fist fighting then fierce racing.
- This is a solution to problem that could have been solved at different levels. By having proper design specifications for car overtaking can be made possible. That would be much more fun as driver’s talent comes into play rather than car’s performance.
I believe this kind of suggestion will make F1 a circus rather than sports. Five short cuts in a race would create a chaos that would not be easy to handle. I understand than teams would not agree to such ridiculous suggestions, so no worries. Can’t wait for season to start!