Top 10 F1 Rules Fans HateOn November 13, 2021 by Drake
Formula 1 evolves over the decades with constantly changing technical regulations. Engineers are called upon to do their utmost to interpret the rules as well as possible to help their team win.
But sometimes the sporting rules also play a role in the course of the races or the championship. These changes are not always to the liking of the fans, some of them are just hated …
10 – One point for the best lap
This rule that had disappeared was often called a fan’s wish, yet it already made an appearance in the 1950s. But this rule did not last long, the timing systems were approximate. Thus at the British Grand Prix in 1954, 7 pilots obtained the same time in the race with 1’50. Alberto Ascari, Jean Behra, Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, Onofre Marimon, Mike Hawthorn and José Froilán González shared the point of the best lap, each of them scored … 0.14 points! This will cause the point system to be lost for the fastest lap in the race. In 2019, he is back, he rewards the driver who has the best lap in the race with a point if he finishes in the top 10.
9 – Times added in qualifying
In 2005, Formula 1 invented a qualifying system to solve a problem that did not exist. Each driver therefore had to complete a running qualifying lap twice. The order of passage of the second attempt being established by the first. At the end of the session, the two timed laps were added up, a rule that will not apply at the end of the season. Astonishing!
8 – Grooved tires
Introduced in the 1998 season, grooved tires were designed to reduce cornering speed. Many riders initially contested this new regulation, but the clash between Bridgestone and Michelin would cancel out the desired effect. Indeed, the two manufacturers waged such a tire war that they were faster than the slick compounds they replaced. The 1998 front tires only had 3 grooves and 4 at the rear, from 1999 it will be 4 grooves on all tires.
7 – The fuel for qualifying for the race
The art of the qualifying session is pure speed. Every driver loves this exercise because it allows to extract the full potential of the car to establish the best time on the circuit. Conditions which are totally different from the race on Sunday. But in 2006, the FIA decided that qualifying would be split into 3 parts, Q1, Q2 and Q3. In the final qualifying session, the drivers had to use the amount of fuel that would be used for the first stint of the race. A rule that no longer exists today since the F1 cars carry the quantity of gasoline for the entire Grand Prix.
6 – The pit entrance closed during the Safety-Car
In the 2007 and 2008 seasons, another rule emerged: close the pit entrance during Safety-Car. When the safety car was deployed, the pit lane was closed, including for drivers already stopped at their boxes. And it was at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix that the misunderstanding occurred, when Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg could not stop. The Englishman’s McLaren-Mercedes stamps the rear of Kimi Räikkönen’s Ferrari . A rule quickly abandoned, because it imposed a penalty on pilots who returned to the pits, even if they had to refuel under pain of running out of fuel …
5 – Qualifications to eliminations
At the start of 2016, a new interpretation of the qualifications was tested. Another big failure for this incomprehensible experience of the fans, the pilots …. the organizers? To explain the incomprehensible it is difficult, but at the end of the Q1, Q2 session, the countdown eliminated the slower pilots. This countdown did not even allow the pilot to finish their started time, one more heresy.
4 – Narrow single-seaters at 1.80m
In addition to the criticized grooved tires, Formula 1 has sported narrower single-seaters. This made the design of these single-seaters radically different, they had a width of 2.00m in 1997 then 1.80m in 1998. The public ended up getting used to these morphologies, but the disgrace was set in 1998. Today ‘ hui from 2017 we find the single-seaters with a width of 2.00m, a measure welcomed with joy from the fans.
3 – Double points for the final in Abu Dhabi
The idea was to maintain the suspense until the end of the championship at the last race by doubling the value of points. It was necessary to curb the possibility that an overly dominant car/driver pair would be titled very early in the season. Except that in 2014 it was the pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at Mercedes who fought for the title of World Champion. In a regular-season at the normal scale, Lewis Hamilton would have been titled before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But with the points doubled, there was a strong risk for the Englishman of losing the championship if he gave up and Rosberg won. A scenario that would have been non-existent with the old scale. Finally, Lewis Hamilton will make this rule a wet firecracker, and then return to normal points in 2015.
2 – The introduction of DRS
It is the aerodynamic element that is the most controversial, the DRS. For Drag Reduction System, literally the drag reduction system. It is the aerodynamic drag that disrupts the flow of fluids on a single-seater and therefore “holds” it in the exercise of the VMAX. Thus with the mobile rear wing, it is a question of unloading the car from this drag and offering it a better top speed to more easily overtake its opponents. The DRS is activated under certain conditions, in particular being less than one second in the dedicated detection zones on the circuits.
1 – The V6 Turbo hybrid engine
It’s absolute sacrilege for most fans to have ditched the atmospheric V8s and V10s. They represented for enthusiasts the pinnacle of noble mechanics for a single-seater such as F1. The noise is not up to the expectations of the fans, the power falls short from the first year. The small 1.6l V6 Turbo is no match for the 2.4l V8 or the 3.0l V10 in the hearts of fans. Today, after 6 years of operation, the V6 Turbo has reached 1000 hp and all circuit records have been broken with F1 cars almost 150 kg heavier than in the days of the V10.
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