5th November 2023, 11:45 #11
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The function of the FIA is to regulate, monitor, and ensure fair racing. It is therefore their duty of care to the teams and the drivers racing to ensure that they find and penalize all non-compliant participants of a race. Penalizing some and letting others go is miles away from proper fair governance of racing.
No one is suggesting that those caught out should not be penalized. What is being questioned is why the FIA is falling short of its responsibility to govern the sport fairly and effectively. There is also the question of what the relevance of the skid block is in this ground effect era. The point of the 2022 regulation was for the cars to be run as low as possible to allow them to harness ground effect. This regulation is a departure from all previous regulations leading up to 2022, where the aim has been to discourage teams from harnessing ground effect. The idea of the plank and skid block was introduced for this very reason l believe.
In a fair and intelligent stewarding, the USGP COTA presented the first opportunity for the stewards to look at this regulation and query its relevance in this ground-effect era. Unfortunately, they failed woefully on all fronts and took the dumb but obvious approach. There was no intelligent and objective analysis of the situation, nor did they carry out a comprehensive scrutineering.
If the current arrangement is cumbersome to scrutinize, then they should be thinking of engineering a solution to allow them to intelligently scrutinize all cars at the end of the race. Such as what was suggested above, like easily removable skid-block. The cars should queue up to have their skid blocks removed for later testing.
In a season where every point matters so much, where a single point can translate to tens of millions, there is no excuse for shoddy scrutinizing.
Last edited by Nitrodaze; 5th November 2023 at 12:06.Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.