Sunday’s Eifel GP offered an entertaining race, though Lewis Hamilton again he reaped the victory.
The eventful competition consisted of many ingredients that don’t pop up during a traditional race weekend.
One of the additional spices proved to be more significant than the others.
The rain messed up and saved
On Friday it annoyed the fans, but on Sunday the thanks stood.
The first driving day of the Eifel GP literally watered down when no driving was possible due to the bad weather. Mick Schumacherin the expected debut did not materialize at all.
The stables lost a total of three hours of training time due to the fog. That wouldn’t have been a big problem on the race scene, which is familiar to everyone.
However, the Nürburgring last raced in 2013. The data from that time was of no use to the teams this weekend.
Iltalehti’s F1 expert Jyrki Järvilehto rejoiced at Friday’s watering down.
– Nothing was lost, nothing happens in the exercises anyway. Training and time trial on Saturday and a race on Sunday, that would be just enough, Järvilehto shakes.
Short training time, challenging conditions and a lottery with tires were all ingredients that mixed the balance of power, bringing a lot of excitement to the competition.
Mercedes, the top garage in the series, is currently so overwhelming that nothing threatens it. But Red Bull was statistically closer to the Silver Arrow at the Nürburgring than ever before this season.
Inadequate preparation for time trials and competition was best seen behind the sharpest tip. In the middle gear, Renault, McLaren, Racing Point and Ferrari were level when none managed to hone their overall package to perfection.
Data already ready
The three-day race weekend is a stone-cut part of the F1 series. According to Järvilhto, the first test day is unnecessary nowadays.
– The teams have a huge amount of data on the tracks from previous years. The adjustments have been made even before the first meter has been driven. After that, the cars are fine-tuned to perfection for four training hours. That is absurd.
The disappearance of Friday’s rehearsals would not derail the stables from the problems, but the change would serve the spectators above all.
– The pack would level out considerably when larger stables would not be able to use their huge resources to improve the impact of their cars. That would make the races more exciting.
Gasoline would be saved
The Eifel race weekend turned into a two-day event due to the weather, but in a couple of weeks in Imola, a two-day event is already a pre-arranged affair.
Järvilehto is hopeful that the GP running under the name of Emilia-Romagna will also look like last weekend.
– The track is familiar, but still unknown.
Imola was last driven in the 2006 season.
Järvilehto hopes this season will encourage the F1 series to turn all race weekends into two days. In addition to more exciting track events, it would also serve stables.
– This change would save one day in accommodation. In one season, it will be a really big financial benefit for the teams. Tires and spare parts are also needed, at least in theory.
With the change, the series would also brand itself from an ecological point of view.
– F1 would save one pointless fuel.