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Author Topic: Could open software development allow closer F1 racing?  (Read 846 times)

Offline John S

Could open software development allow closer F1 racing?
« on: January 06, 2016, 11:24:28 AM »
Newey says customer teams hit by restricted PU software.

Now is he right? Should manufacturers share their full engine software package, or is this one of F1s fundamental things - like constructing your own chassis - that differentiates each individual team? 

MotoGP has gone totally open software, the 2016 rules forces all teams to run standard ECUs and all teams share from any resulting software development, no matter who suggests the improvement, as it's an open sharing system. However that seems like a mighty leap, never mind a step, to too far for F1 engine suppliers if it's translated in total to F1.

Adrian also says the fuel makes a contribution to the performance of the manufacturer teams, but I see that as a separate development avenue which any team can exploit already if they sign the right oil company.

« Last Edit: January 06, 2016, 11:27:39 AM by John S »


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Re: Could open software development allow closer F1 racing?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2016, 01:38:52 PM »
Well, as a fan of an independent team, I'd like to see Williams get the best settings from Mercedes and also to be able to develop their own settings with the software to best suit their own car.  I am not sure of the potential cost of this though, both to the manufacturer and to the independent teams themselves. 

Regarding fuel, I guess Red Bull are in that position now of having just lost their 'factory team' status and so Total will not really bother as much about them.  But, in the example of Williams again, we've had Petrobras try to develop new fuels to aid the team.  But obviously they won't be as effect as Petronas who have direct access to the Mercedes units to develop fuels. 

 


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