The 2020 F1 Turkish Grand Prix proved to be a classic for viewers across the globe. With heavy downpour combined with minimal grip, the cars literally slid off the surface and drivers found handling to be very tough on the day.
While the entertainment quota of the race was met, the real racing objective was not. This is where McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl thinks that the core of Formula 1 is about having pacy and robust cars that race to the limit in normal conditions.
Seidl is quoted as saying, “There were a lot of comments in both directions.
“Is it positive or negative, what we have seen [last] Friday and Saturday, for F1?”
The team boss added, “Of course a race like that… at the same time we also have to admit we have seen that several times in wet conditions or tricky conditions that you have these exciting races with a lot of things happening.”
Seidl’s own team, McLaren, much like most of the grid, struggled to adapt to conditions. As a result, drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris could not get the best out of the car and qualified lower down the grid.
“But at the same time, F1 is also about, in normal conditions, putting up or designing the best car and making it the best performing car. And then it’s also normal that the best car is in front in qualifying and in the race as well. That’s part of the DNA as well of F1,” concluded Seidl.
Rains and tricky track conditions are most certainly great equalizers that influence race weekends. The best car may not win then, but the driver adapts to situations better at various points in time.
Then again, this is where the 2022 technical regulations might be of great help to the other F1 teams. Mercedes are quite ahead in terms of their development, and it has left the rest of them playing catch-up, even in normal conditions.
Regardless, the remainder of 2020 has three more races to go, all set in the Middle East. F1 teams will hope that the Bahrain Grand Prix on November 29 is nothing like the rain-affected Turkish GP.