McLaren designer Adrian Newey fears that the rule changes to qualifying could push costs even higher as teams might start building new cars to combat the introduction of the one flying lap. In theory, teams that have bigger budgets could afford to...
McLaren designer Adrian Newey fears that the rule changes to qualifying could push costs even higher as teams might start building new cars to combat the introduction of the one flying lap. In theory, teams that have bigger budgets could afford to build 'qualifying cars' and those with fewer finances available would suffer, as they would not be able to do the same.
"There is a real chance that people will build qualifying cars," Newey told the BBC. "At the moment you need a car that is capable of 12 laps, with short turnaround between each run. Under the new rules, there is one flying lap and then you put it (the car) away again."
"Engine-wise, that means lower mileage so you can take things to more of an extreme. Revs is obvious but there are others as well. With the chassis, cooling springs to mind. You don't need to worry about heavy radiators, and taken to an extreme you might not have any radiators at all."
Newey wants the teams to get together and discuss what could be possible problems in the regulations and how to solve them: "The teams need to sit down and say 'let's not try to be clever with each other -- what avenues are open and how can we close them?'"
FIA president Max Mosley dismissed the idea that the rule changes will increase financial problems: "The claim that teams will build special qualifying cars which will drive up costs by millions is nonsense," he said according to Reuters. "In any event, teams have to race the car that was scrutineered. If there were substantial differences between the car used for qualifying and the car used for the race, the team would have problems with the scrutineers."