Formula 1 question.
August 5, 2008 4:13 PM Subscribe
Formula 1 question regarding qualifying fuel requirements.
posted by gummo to sports, hobbies, & recreation (7 answers total)
Let me ask something. Why is there a fuel requirement in q3? What would be the problem of running q3 just like q2? The fastest 10 cars from q2 move on to q3. Then, they go for pole. They can do whatever they want with fuel. Just like in q2. Then on race day, they can do whatever they want with their fuel load for the race.
The way it is currently, you never really know who is fastest. In q1 and q2, the top 4 or 5 cars don't go for spot number 1, they just make sure they are safely out of the knockout zone. So you don't know who is really fastest. And in q3, the fuel is always a consideration. Maybe the guy who got pole only got it because he is super-light on fuel.
And I don't really see what you get out of it. What's the payoff? Why do the fuel thing at all in q3? What is the up side? Maybe there is a good reason, but I can't think of it.
I'm interested in any opinions as well. If you don't know the reason, but have a guess, or have a reason that you like the way it is, let me know that too.