The F1 fans of today have often waxed lyrical about those halcyon days of V10 power and how much better it was. The truth of the matter is really there was very little in the way of racing back then with most passing done in the pit lane.
Such was the fan backlash of the new 2014 hybrid power units and their lack of noise, the sports governing body knee-jerked themselves into achieving “5 seconds a lap faster” than the current formula produces. Straight away the efforts of the Overtaking Working Group were cast aside in favour of a set of technical regulations that would ensure that we’d likely end up back to square one in terms of on track racing.
Regardless, the powers that be have dictated that us – the fans – will be better off with quicker cars. Back to the ‘good ol days’ of F1 where all the lap records still remain.
A very interesting video appeared on Reddit today showing pole laps from Lewis Hamilton in 2016 against Michael Schumacher 2004. What makes this a very good comparison is the fact that in 2004 the cars had to qualify with race fuel on board making the lighter 2004 spec close to 2016 weight in quali trim.
Also, 2016 Pirelli slicks are actually closer in terms of grip to the grooved Bridgestone tyres. 2004 rules allowed tyre competition between Bridgestone and Michelin so development had been focused solely on Ferrari with the Bridgestone rubber making them a very good set of boots.
TJ13 writer El Jef Maximo wrote an article yesterday outlining what he thinks F1 should be doing to bring back excitement during a race weekend.
So to you, the Jury. If you were to have the power of instantly changing the rules of F1 for 2017 back to 2004, would you do it? If you would, what aspect of that era do you miss? If not 2004, perhaps a different era? Let us know in the comments.