New Formula 1 Rules Sets Stage For Record Breaking Season

Formula 1 fans have plenty of reasons to be excited about the upcoming season, one of which is the fact that plenty of records are going to be broken. According to James Allison, Ferrari’s F1 technical director, the new 2017 regulations will allow drivers to reach record-breaking speeds and lap times. While the faster times will be great for the sport, it shouldn’t affect Formula 1 expert picks for the season.

In a recent interview, Allison said he believes the upcoming changes for the 2017 season will produce better racing and make races more competitive than they have ever been on a regular basis. 

When asked about his expectations from the new rule changes, and whether he was in favor of speed or racing, Allison said the best lap times in Formula 1 history were set a long time ago. Over the years, drivers have started approaching the records, and he is looking forward to next season because he believes those records are going to start falling.

Allison also said while some people believe the closeness of the racing is more important than lap times, he believes they are equally as important. He said he want the ending of races to be closer than they have been in the past, which is something he said is happening more often. With cars expected to be faster next season, Allison believes the racing is going to improve dramatically.

Allison believes that the success of the current era of drivers and the efficiencies of modern power units need to be celebrated. He also admitted that the new rules allows drivers to be on a level playing field with the rest of their competitors when it comes to the performance of their cars.

Allison called the modern power units are exotic and remarkable, he added that no other racing league can compare to the thermal efficiency in the Formula 1 units. The only thing Allison could compare to the efficiency of the modern units are units that are being worked on in universities, but he doesn’t believe they are usable as devices.

With the Formula 1 modern units, Allison believes the units can be used on flexible racing engines that a driver can drive around the track and have better control especially around corners, and are also great when it comes to fuel consumption.

Allison said the prospect of the 2017 season is equally exciting and frightening at the same time. He said it was exciting because all the things that they have been working on get pushed aside, allowing engineers to start thinking of fresh ideas to help them tackle a problem, which he said was stimulating.

Allison called it frightening because every Formula 1 team has a car they are racing and a car they are birthing. According to Allison, the challenge is easier to handle when the rules are stable because most of what they are doing to the car they are racing can be done to the car they are birthing.

When the rules change often, it is difficult to do a specific thing to one car and something different to another.

  • Loretta Pittman