Originally Posted by bizwig
I'm not sure if an extra stop is viable anyway, the crawling speed they call a pit lane speed limit has significantly increased total pit stop time.
Yes; this is the reason that the teams prefer one-stops now. They have realised that:
- driving more slowly and conserving the tyres for one stop, is overall quicker than
- pushing hard to use the tyres and doing two stops.
So the whole field drives slowly for the whole race! Everyone agrees this isn't what we want so see!
The problems are, and always have been, the difficulty in following closely for any length of time. Interesting to note from a comment at the last week (can't remember which commentator said it) - this year's new simpler front wings have
helped the drivers follow each other a bit, and in doing so moved the problem onto one of the other causes instead: their front tyres overheat like crazy when not in clean air. So that aero problem was
successfully addressed, and it's no longer the reason that they don't follow closely.
Re-fuelling I really hate. I don't want to see a succession of sprints with all the overtaking done in pit stops. Forcing more pit stops with a rule change, I really hate. Again it means that the teams will do overtaking in the pits and not bother doing what they were forced to do in Austria. BOTH of these are the typical FIA method of ignoring the real problem and inventing stupid work-arounds which do not address the problem (and in fact, allow the core problem to "bed in").
Fortunately I think that enough people are against re-fuelling that it won't happen, not least for cost reasons. At a time when F1 is trying to reduce costs to help teams stay in business, it's incredibly expensive to cart those rigs around the world as well as the unnecessary extra danger. I hope that sanity prevails, Ross Brawn is allowed to produce his 2021 spec as they said they would let him, and we go from there.