# After being banned in 2009, in-season testing will return in 2012, with plans for a test to be held at Mugello on May 1 ahead of the European leg of the 2012 championship.
this is for teams to realign their technical team to work and a chance to catch up with red bull, who again atleast 1 sec ahead of others
Not really. A single three day test is very close to worthless. It will allow you to try out a new part to see if it works, but unless you're a top team with huge resources, you wont be able to change it, rebuild it and get the new part back out in time to test it. About the only people a single three day test helps are the big teams. It actually hurts the smaller teams.
# Technical regulations for 2012 include the reprofiling of the car's nose. The pre-2012 regulations allow the nose to be as high as 62.5cm above ground, but the revisions to the sporting code lower the maximum allowable height to 55cm
How much difference is this going to make? It seems it is necessary that some changes to the car has to be made every year
Considerable difference. One of the primary reasons they raise the nose of the car is to control the air flow comming off the front spoiler. (Picture the air hitting the front spoiler and being knocked up towards the nose. If the nose is lower, the air goes right over it and then collapses back down on the body causing drag on the body and lift on the nose itself. If the nose is higher, the nose bodywork controls the air flow for a smoother transition over the cars body until it exits the rear.) By lowering the nose, they're hoping that the air flow will be more erratic as it was in the past and allow better ability to draft and stay close behind the car just ahead. It isn't going to work, but it will make the setup a good bit more difficult.
# Drivers will not be permitted to leave the confines of the circuit without a justifiable reason, following a spate of incidents in 2011 when drivers were sighted using access roads around the circuit to shorten their reconnassiance and in-laps in order to preserve their fuel and tyres
does this means no more free parkings on track to save fuels after race?
No. Which makes the entire thing pretty pointless, doesn't it?
# Drivers will not be allowed to return to the normal racing line should he choose a defensive line going into a corner
its illegal to weave, but why can't the car ahead be allowed to defend cleanly? the rule seems too restrictive
No, it isn't. Drivers are constantly using that excuse to make more than one move. It's PAINFULLY obvious. That is what is called a LOOPHOLE. (See other discussion)
Drivers know full well that the "move only once" rule means to MOVE ONLY ONCE. What they do is move twice anyway and then cry about "I was just trying to get back on the racing line".
It's crap. Everybody with half a brain knows it. They re-wrote the rule the way it SHOULD have been written to begin with: IF YOU LEAVE THE LINE TO PROTECT YOUR POSSITION, YOU CAN NOT RETAKE THE LINE INTO THE CORNER.
In short, if you defend the inside, you stay on the inside. That is a choice YOU make. This weaving like drunken lunatics all over the track has GOT to stop. That's why old school drivers laugh at these kids: they have no damn honor at all. They all drive like they're on a Playstation 3 and when they total out a car they just hit the reset button.
In the old days, nearly the entire grid we have would be dead by the end of the year. They've made everything SO safe that nobody is scared of wrecking at all. They don't have to be.
This rule will hopefully put things back to a cleaner, more honorable form of racing.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/12/2011 13:10 by Parminio_USA.