Stefan Johansson calls for Formula 1 to move away from the “porn ingeniería”

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Stefan Johansson is, as a minimum, an authoritative voice within the world of the engine: the ex-pilot Swedish competed in Formula 1 between 1983 and 1991, gaining 12 podium finishes with Ferrari, McLaren and Onyx; participated 5 years in IndyCar, adding 4 drawers more, and took the victory in the 24 hours of Le Mans of 1997 in the Porsche WSC-95 next to Michele Alboreto and Tom Kristensen.

In a post published on his personal blog, Johansson, who currently is the manager of pilots, loaded with toughness against what it perceives as an excessive technical complexity in the current Formula 1, which considers guilty of a ban on the radios ‘illogical’ and ‘outrageous’, and gave as an example what happened a few weeks ago Sergio Perez in Austria.

Formula 1 creates those vehicles so monstrously complex, and then it goes too far before you realize that what that does is cause huge problems. The multitude of complex technical adjustments in the ruffles of the cars present should never have been permitted. With the complexity of these cars, the engineers told him the pilots in each line what settings to put for the following curve, which is ridiculous.

“So, then, prohibit any kind of communication, which means that you cannot tell a pilot to do, even though you have a mechanical problem in the car. In the case of Pérez in Austria, it was outrageous that you could not tell your pilot that their brakes were about to fail by the ban. Can you imagine that had happened in Monaco coming out of the tunnel? has no logic”.

To combat this perceived excess of complexity, Johansson advocates for backtrack in the current concept of Formula 1 and go back to what worked previously, to avoid that the engineers do co-pilots without the need of compromising on security

“If you allow the designers to make cars so complex that you have to tell the pilots and racing them during a race, you have to backtrack and go back to basics, and fast! What we have now is what I have been repeating: porn of engineering. That is what it is”.

Johansson, finally, writes from the point of view of the amateur. Considers that the current regulations on engineering topics, produces a disconnect between the sport and its followers, both the faithful and potential:

not even the pilots understand the half, how are you going to do the public? I Am the biggest fan in the world. I love racing, and I love the Formula 1. It is my passion, and I see every race, and I just got frustrated by the absurdity of what happens. And if that is what I’m thinking, I can imagine what will think a fan of casual”.