Much has been said this week about the dominance of Mercedes and there have been calls from within F1 for the restrictions on engine development to be relaxed. The purpose of this proposed change would be to allow Ferrari, Renault and Honda to ‘catch up’ in terms of their engine performance.
We asked you the members of F1’s courtroom of opinion here at thejudge13 to decide whether in fact the FIA should take steps to re-regulate the engine development rules. The vote is concluded and here are the results.
394 people voted. No – 277, Yes – 117
Whilst the result is conclusive, the debate surrounding the issue was extensive amongst the commentators.
Charlie W was the first TJ13 reader to comment. He felt that the teams/manufacturers should be forced to take their own medicine. This after all would be just.
“Emphatically no! They (all the teams and manufacturers) agreed upon these regs 3 years ago. And it sunk 3 teams (who were promised effective cost reduced sport) in that time. Neither RedBull/Renault nor Ferrari expected the works Mercedes team would be the one to make the biggest competitive leap. Spice Boy needs to suck it up. And he put down Sauber for outscoring his team!”
However, the spectacle of Mercedes dominance for years to come for others was too unpalatable. McLaren78 wrote candidly:
“I voted yes, and the only reason, is because I’m selfish and want a competitive F1.
Despite being a Hamilton fan, I don’t want to suffer another 4 years with one team, or even worse, one driver, running away with it.
And I’m fully aware of the arguments against it. Why should Merc be penalised for doing the best job by far, for investing heavily? And did it harm Schuey’s and Ferrari’s reputation in the early 2000s? NO! Did it harm RBR’s and Vettel’s reputation in the early 2010s? NO! And it won’t harm Merc and Hamilton (and/or Rosberg). But it does harm F1.
Maybe this Merc dominance is too soon. During the McLaren-Honda years you had two behemoths fighting each other. In the Williams dominance years, you had 4-5 different champions. After the Ferrari years you had the Hamilton/Alonso and McLaren/Ferrari (Hamitlon/Massa) duels. Right now, there’s no breathing space. We move from one runaway team/driver to another.
And so going back to my first sentence. I’m selfish. Don’t want to switch off completely and so change the rules, or something else, whatever. Just make it more competitive. And even if Rosberg pushes Hamilton again this year, he doesn’t appeal to me for some reason. I want a duel between the three most marketable champions out there (Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel)”.
Fortis96 argued, there was no guarantee even by changing the rules the current pecking order would alter.
“And what if they change it and the Mercs or Ferrari produce a dominant package, then what?”
“Christian Horner during Red Bulls peak time once said, “It’s for the other teams to catch us up”. Now it’s Red Bull’s turn to play catch up”.
The fact that Red Bull were the protagonists of the call for change, didn’t sit well with many – given their history.
GRB: “Exactly – it’s just sour grapes (maybe that’s Dietrich’s “secret” ingredient :)”
James Punt: “Since when has F1 ever been about rewarding failure? Red Bull and Renault will just have to suck it up for a few years”.
The13thDuke: “It’d be pretty difficult to appease Christian ‘you only sing when you’re winning’ Horner et al to equalise performance when nobody but Merc know exactly how far they could still turn up the wick”.