I have just read a really good post over at F1 Links Heaven which asks if standard ECUs (Electronic Control Units) in Formula One is a good thing. One quote which I must share really stood out from the page.
On one hand we have to understand that the raison d’etre of F1 is as a showcase for technological advancement in the automotive industry. Get your car going as fast as you possibly can. It is not a charity where the poor get helped out. It is and always was a cut throat industry. Bernie Ecclestone himself has often been heard saying that anyone who can’t stand the heat should get out of the kitchen.
My quandry is that I realise my position can not be totally satisifed. I want the fastest cars with the best technology but I want the driver doing all his own work. So based on the premise that this can never be achieved, I have to pick a compromise that I think best suits F1.
So, should F1 continue to move towards more standardised parts in an increasing effort to cut out the cheats and loophole exploiters?
Formula One is a showcase for all-things technologically advanced. It should remain as the premier motorsport in the world and continue to develop new and exciting ways of making a car go faster, but keeping the drivers skill at the forefront. For sure, electronic aids should be wiped out, making the car-control bias towards the driver skill, but standardising parts only serves to dull down the advancement in technology which helps make Formula One the sport that it is.
It is a tough question, and one I am just realising I don’t think I can answer. I keep contradicting myself with, “Driver skill is paramount, but F1 should remain at the cutting edge of technology.” I initially said no to the question, but now (having argued with myself for ten minutes) I’m saying maybe.
Anybody willing to help me make my mind up?