There is even a prototype for an all electric formula one car. Watching an all electric F1 race would probably be like watching a remote controlled car race in the living room of your house; probably will sound exactly the same. I’m not saying we shouldn’t care about the earth, but can’t we care about the earth without killing the essence of the sport and making it an emotionally sterile test bed for automotive and motorsport engineering. It’s probably like asking for papaya to taste like chocolate. But even that (scientist’s say) might be possible in the future through things like genetic engineering and biotechnology. So there must be a way for formula one as well. But for this season and probably for many to come, we’re stuck with the V6. As for the noise, Sebastian Vettel himself has stated that the noise made by the new engine is sh*t. His words, not mine. For me the grin has gone and in its place, is the soya burger facial expression again.
Other rules such as the new minimum weight and gearbox regulations are so that the cars are more alike and the completion in equal. Forgive me for asking this, but isn’t the whole point of a motorsport competition (especially F1) to see who is the fastest driver in the best engineered car? The winner was the ultimate combination of man and machine pitted against another man and machine having different strengths and weaknesses creating the best type of racing. Fans of Top Gear will know that this as the David and Goliath effect. These new rules however are erasing the best engineered car question all together. I am not asking for the whacky races. But there shouldn’t be rules like that. Before you know it, manufactures will probably make all the cars exactly the same. I hope that day never comes.
That’s all the complaining for today. I do realize that the article was a bit technical. But then again, so is the sport. I will voice my opinions over the next couple of articles. Sneak peek: I will be talking about the controversies that probably shouldn’t be happening behind the sport, why certain teams have lost their touch and in the end I will shed some light on the sport and why you should still watch or at least follow this sport and keep the technical stuff to a minimum.
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