The FIA head of single-seater matters Nikolas Tombazis thinks that the new F1 rules will dramatically reduce the gap between the teams.
One of the goals of the new technical regulations is to give the midfield teams and the outsiders the opportunity to get closer to the leaders. Tombazis believes that the gap between the top teams and the rest of the grid will be cut in half in one year.
“I think that currently the best to worst [team gap] is probably about three seconds, depending on the circuit,” he said.
“I hope that, after maybe a year, we will have this less than half of that. That is what I would hope, but we’ll have to see.
Tombazis assumes that the teams will be closer to each other as soon as they understand how to work with the new rules.
“It is difficult to expect it to be more exciting than , because that is a very high point of reference.
“But I think once there’s a bit of convergence, I think there will be more cars in the mix and I think that would be positive.
“When I was looking at some old championships, and I read recently that we once had 11 winners in a year and you could win a championship with a few wins.
“I’m not saying we’re going to get to that point, but of course, I think to have more variability would be good. Also to have people who can genuinely follow closer for longer periods, and not overheat the tires, and still be able to fight for prolonged periods, I think that would be quite exciting.”