Many of Formula One’s deepest fans have been somewhat upset over the past few seasons. Many different rule changes and engine changes have made it far less interesting in the eyes of dedicated fans. Gone are the exciting days of Schumacher and Senna, I presume.
However, Formula One seems about ready for a shakeup. With Ferrari’s proposal to switch from hybrid V6 engine layouts to a more conventional twin-turbo V6 setup, and both Red Bull and McLaren proposing a radical change to the shape of the cars, things could be very different come next season. At the moment, F1 cars produce around 600 hp from their V6 engines with another 160 hp from their KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) hybrid system. One of the things that the FIA is considering is bumping the power output to around 1,000 hp.
“We are all up for going faster and having more power. It creates adrenaline at the end of the day and that is why we do it,” says Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Ricciardo also goes on to say that the extra bump in power will separate the more talented drivers, who aren’t afraid to use it all, from the less talented one, who are.
Many people agree with this, as F1 has been leveling the playing field a bit too much. Most recently, there was the Pirelli Tire issue, where the FIA instructed Pirelli to make tires that wouldn’t last as long as to make the races more exciting. They also aren’t allowed to refuel anymore, making the drivers much more conscious of how they drive.
By removing any of these new rules, or adding more power, F1 would truly be exciting to watch again. The whole point of Formula One is to watch the best drivers put their best foot forward and push these extreme cars to their limits. With the rules making everything safer and more efficient, they’ve also taken a lot of the fun out of it, not only for the fans, but for the drivers as well.
Ricciardo goes on to say “It would be nice to get that [speed] back and to have some corners on the calendar where the real good guys are taking it full [flat], and the ones who don’t have that last bit of commitment are having a lift. That would be nice to get back definitely.”
Both the drivers and the fans want a more exciting F1. A boost of hp to 1,000 might be the best way, but they then risk using much more fuel, and there’s that pesky “no refueling” rule. Hopefully, something will change, as F1 can be an incredibly exciting sport, maybe the most exciting of them all, when the drivers and the cars are performing at their very best.