Sunday, July 10, 2011

Blown Diffuser Rules Blow

I've always been a fan of the regulation changes that happen in the off season.  I really liked seeing how things changed and how the teams were going to respond to the changes.  Even those changes seemed to have a hint of intending to slow down a particular team but that was always just hinted.   It did affect everyone.

Mid season changes are offensive.

Particularly when there is no attempt to hide their intent is to slow a particular team.  I don't recall these types of changes being offered up when Shumacher was racking up his seven world championships.  I may be suffering from selective memory, but I'm sure it was never this blatant.

The point of trying to create the best racing combination you can is to, well, create the best racing combination possible.  RedBull's design falls within the rules and their dominance is good for the sport.  I'll have to post that later.  

I know some of you are going to say that I'm just mad because I'm a RedBull fanboy and that I would love it if they penalized Ferrari.  First, I would love it, but it would still be wrong and I'd still be offended by it.  Second, Ferrari is already penalized.  Have you seen

Will Buxton made a comment about the active suspension ban that happened after Williams won the championship with it.   The difference is that happened during the off season.  The rules makers realized the team had put together a winning package and the other teams were trying to catch up.   It was a reasonable (if, as the cynics claim, false) excuse that they needed to slow all the cars down.

Some might argue that the limited testing allowed makes it impossible for the other teams to catch up within a season.  I'll concede that.  The answer would be to allow testing any time during a race weekend, not to change the rules mid season that stifles innovation and penalizes anyone who isn't Ferrari.

You think I've got it wrong?  Comment.

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