Former Super Mod
- Aug 26, 2014
Apologies for missing this out last week.
This weeks topic is that of strategy. It's the one 'weakness' I think of this series, but for some that it is a benefit.
The strategy in this league is basically going as fast as you can, saving as much fuel as you can (which is usually minimal). The issue is that we had initially planned to reduce the tank size so that the cost of changing tyres was not as bad. You'd certainly lose time taking tyres, but you had a realistic chance of making up the lost time.
Then WEC reversed the rules so you can't fuel AND change tyres simultaneously which mucked that plan completely.
I've thought about this recently and trying to work out what we could do.
A full tank (100%) usually lasts between 60-70 minutes, depending on track, temps etc.
For me, I think if we could get the fuel cap down to a point where you need 2 full fuel stops and 1 splash/dash
Basically if you give a window for a splash/dash, then there's a chance someone can try and fuel save to negate that stop. Equally, it allows people to take that splash/dash at any point during the race. Some might get 10 laps into the race, come in and top back up with fuel then run the two full tanks to the end. Others take a splash/dash mid race. Come in, take the full fuel for stop one, then the splash/dash, then another full fuel.
What do people think? Would you like a more strategic race or do you like the flat out, basic one stop race like we've had previously?