FIA Debating Less Tech in Formula One

FIA President Jean Todt has commented on the managing organization’s potential plans to limit the amount of high-tech inclusions in Formula One.

The progression of cars over the last decade or so has been a bit of a different, going in a direction that tries to politically correct itself with hybrid power and pursuing quicker lap times the most recent changes. Traditionally, the largest improvements revolved around power, suspension, and engine efficiency. However, many of the leaping improvements with motor vehicles these days tend to follow a pattern of being heavily tech-focused. When looking at a modern Formula 1 steering wheel, it’s no coincidence the sight makes many proclaim that it looks “just like a computer”.


The FIA has been watching this area of Motorsport development, and believes it may be time to step in.

Speaking at a meeting with the world’s top car manufacturer’s in Paris, the FIA put forth some of its desired changes for the premier-class Motorsport in the future. FIA Jean Todt gave a general outline for what he believes needs to be changed to ensure the sport continues to thrive:

“If you take me through a Formula 1 car, I think the cars are too sophisticated, probably too high-technology, which is not needed for the sport. I feel it is too expensive, too complicated, in a way too reliable. I am shocked when I see the first day of testing in Barcelona. I remember in my time when we were able to do five laps it was: ‘Fantastic, we did five laps.’ I saw cars were doing 70 or 80 laps. They have been building laboratories in the factories where nobody has access.” – Jean Todt

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Todt’s – and the FIA’s – concerns are valid to an extent. The fusion of electronic systems to modern cars is something that is slowly becoming inseparable. The question that needs to be asked is what exactly is the “heart” of Motorsports? Is it danger, risk, and speed, or is it seeing just how hard and how far you can push yourself and the machine?

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