F1 has been going thru a whole bunch of rule changes some of which have helped by shuffling the starting order, and hence a lot more over taking. However a lot of it frankly totally sucks !!!
Take qualifying for instance, if the one lap thing wasn't bad enough, now they have this aggregate time. It's bullshit !!! Qualifying is no fun anymore. It used to fun when they had 12 laps and most of the cars would do 4 runs. It was a lotta fun, some real close battles over the years - Schumacher, Hill, Villeneuve, Coulthard, Hakkinen .... it was very exiting. And now, it's been reduced to this farce...
The recent changes kind of go against the spirit of F1. F1 was supposed to be the ulimate in open wheel racing, the pinnacle of motorsport, cutting edge technology and so on... but now look at all these changes going against the very essense of the sport - to get the maximum out of the car
1. 1 Lap qual - if that was not bad enough, that came along with stuff like no re-fueling between qualifying and the race , and no work could be done on the car. It's crazy isn't it?? I mean if a team got it all wrong in qual, by not allowing them to work on their car isn't it just like making them drive with a handicap ??
2. One tyre for qual/race - Introduced as a means to cut costs, it kind of takes away a lot. It is nonsense, takes away a lot of strategy and stuff - when teams would go for more pit stops and go light and feul and really burn out their tyres ?? How can they do that now, with this incredibly restrictive rule??
3. Aggregate Qual - A farce !! Nuff said !!
It's one thing to cut costs. It's another to go against the very spirit of the sport.
Yes there has been a lot of overtaking in F1 in the last yrs and a lot closer offer, but this is probably more because of younger drivers like Button, Alonso and people like Montoya , Rubens and Kimi who like to race aggressively.
With the move to cut engine power by introducing 2.4 litre V8's, F1 is probably heading towards self-destruction. Ferrari are the only team to have signed the Concorde Agreement beyond 2007. I wish they hadn't. With all the other teams and engine suppliers inclined towards their own series where they can have a bigger share in things wrt rules and so on, Ferrari should've sided with them. This is one instance where i am really dissapointed in them.
The ultimate in open wheel racing should remain that way and not give it just to save a few pennies (ok a few million !!). The fact is teams can agree on things to cut costs without resorting to this farce they call qualifying. As a former F1 driver once said, after listening to the V8 engine rule, that they might as well put indicators on the car next and hire grannies !!