Against Mid-Season Rules Changes – Kunal's F1 Blog

Against Mid-Season Rules Changes

So Ferrari has elevated Marco Mattiacci to the Team Principal position after Domenicali stepped down. Given the state of the F14T in the first three races of the 2014 Formula1 Season, I think that Super Mario is what the Italian team needs. (Read: Ferrari, Alonso, Raikkonen, 2014 And Beyond)

Apart from that, the guys who signed off the new regulations for Formula1 have been extra vocal (more torque, less talk!) about their disappointment, discontentment and desire to bring into effect yet another set of changes to ‘correct’ the formula of Formula1. Too late! Formula1 needs to be more preemptive and active than reactive in nature. (Read: Let Us Save Formula1)

Luca Montezemolo and Bernie Ecclestone (Courtesy: Google)

Do I think that the sport needs changes? Yes, but not mid-season. While I am fed up of the constant rule changes, I would surely like the noses to undergo some cosmetic changes, possibly simplify the entire fuel saving / fuel flow regulation and while doing that, if there’s a chance, enhance the sound of the engine. (Read: Engine No-ise)

But then again, mid-season rule changes aren’t new to the sport. They have been successfully used in the past to slow down the fastest team. First it was for Ferrari, then Red Bull Racing and now Mercedes.

In the latest episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we wonder if this season will be a Hamilton vs. Rosberg battle and if at all, who and by when could someone catch up. Also, is it time to #FeelTheForce yet again in Shanghai? (Read: 2014 Bahrain GP: #FeelTheForce)

Here’s what’s in store for you in our Formula1 Podcast:

  • We missed our post 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix podcast. Sincere apologies!
  • Karting and its relevance to Formula1
  • Second in the Constructors’ Championship, will Sahara Force India maintain form in Shanghai? And again, ‘What’s The Pecking Order‘?
  • Ferrari, Montezemolo, Domenicali, Mattiacci, Alonso, Raikkonen – Is Ferrari too big a ship to sort out its mess? Will they bounce back this season?
  • Strange that barring Red Bull Racing, every other top team has made a change in its trackside management roles (Whitmarsh, Boullier, Brawn and now Domenicali). Is it getting too hot at the front?
  • Will we see an all American F1 Team led by Tony Haas? (Read: Your Chance To Own A Formula1 Team)
  • But if the other Tony (Fernandes) has his way, we still may not have 13 teams on the grid in the 2015 Formula1 Season
  • And finally, mid-season rule changes. Are they necessary? If the racing spectacle that we saw in Bahrain is what lies in store for us, is the engine noise the only change that fans are seeking?
  • Also, a layman’s two bits on increasing the engine notes!
  • Predictions for the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix? Yes, we mean for positions 3rd onwards.

And in the next fortnight (between China and Spain), we will be introducing a new segment on the Inside Line F1 Podcast, something that both Rishi and I are extremely excited about. Stay tuned!

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Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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