Blinky McSquinty wrote:
I get your point. I think it is valid, but I'd question how important that info is. For the here-and-now situation of a race, I think I'd rather just know whether they're on the soft or hard. Knowing how that info relates to other races is secondary in my opinion. Additionally, a 'hard' in Canada might behave identically to a 'medium' in Valencia (random races chosen!)
Bridgestone had the right setup, in my extremely humble opinion.
Because Formula One is about the presentation of data and hard numbers. If I look at red tires, I know they are super softs and their operating range is from 95 to 105 Celsius. Some of us want to actually know what's going on, not just get an approximation. We could extend that logic further and when qualifying, we don't need to know if Hamilton got the pole by a margin of 0.510 seconds, let's just say, "he was quicker". How much? Oh, you don't need to know, just accept that he was quicker. Or how many laps remaining? Don't worry about numbers and hard facts, it will be over soon.
And the flags, just too many colors, let's dumb it down to just two flag colors, green for it's OK, and yellow for slow down. All those black, blue, or funny yellow with the red stripes just are too hard to remember.
Firstly, even though I don't share your optimism, I would be a very happy little boy if we get to Oz and Lewis gets pole in the Merc by 0.510 seconds.
I get what you're saying; as an F1 fan I too ponder a little tumescence at all that data. But are you really suggesting that, without a red stipe on the side of the tyre, someone as fascinated by data as you clearly are would be oblivious to its compound or operating temperature? With the deeper knowledge of the technical aspects that you display in your post, I'd imagine your intellectual level might extend beyond colour demarcation...
I love the technical nature of F1, but sometimes I feel certain things are overcompliced. The colouring of the sidewalls, for me, shouldn't be there to denote all those finer details you mentioned, it should only specify which of the two available tyres each driver is on at a given moment. Aside from wet races, tyres are a binary situation.
You've been quite clever and funny with your flag and laptime suggestions, but really they're a little bit silly. Wikipedia tells me there are nine available flags in F1. If, as is the case with Pirelli's tyres, only two of all the available flags could be brought to each race, then I'd support your suggestion of two flag colours.