Tracks in traction

I think one of the most surprising discoveries of the season is fundamental differences between the way that the cars have been designed to drive as revealed by the switch of Rubens to Honda.

It really does surprise me that there is such a huge difference between the two teams even over something as primal as acceleration. Jock Clear of the opinion that Ferrari have designed their entire car around the concept of traction control which has meant that their throttle pedal is more of an on/off switch. Whereas the Honda throttle pedal is a very delicate thing which has a wide variety of variation requiring more driver skill. But then he would say that he works for Honda.

The thing about this information is it seems constructed to make you think that one of these is bad and the other is good. And it seems constructed to make you think that the version that hasn’t ever won a grand prix is good and the one that has is bad.

The thing is that the throttle acting like a switch sounds to me much closer to the karting setup that Michael has always favoured as is the twitchy handling he also loves. Michael was also the man who made breaking in F1 more like karting breaking and so on.

So perhaps a bit of karting know how at Honda, in the shape of Rubens will be able to turn things around? Rather than presenting it as a problem with Rubens it might be better to present it as an opportunity for Honda?

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About Alex Andronov

Alex Andronov is a writer who lives in the UK. He is currently working on 7 novels, 5 film scripts, 2 plays, 2 TV series, 1 history of the United States, 1 travelogue and trying to find some focus.
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