The deluge that prevented the normal development of the 2021 edition of the Belgian Grand Prix de F1 (After several hours of waiting there were only a couple of laps with a safety car on the track so that the test awarded half the score) made the French reflect Jean Todt, President of the International Automobile Federation.
"There were many who criticized what was decided in Spa, but what would have happened if after the start we had an accident with ten cars that resulted in injured drivers or worse?"the Gaul wondered.
"We would have been massacred and even if no one had been injured we would have been criticized", the former navigator and former team leader also replied Ferrari of F.1.
“Do you remember Niki Lauda in Fuji in '76? He was the only one of the riders who gave up racing in the rain. Today all the pilots think like that Lauda of then ”, Todt reflected, recalling that race in which the Austrian lost the title for deciding not to compete on a track complicated by adverse weather conditions.
Due to the above, the director of the governing body affirmed that something should be done to prevent this from happening again. "For the 2025 regulation we must think about having cars that can be driven even in rainy conditions", stressed.
Although Todt will step down from his post at the end of the year, it is possible that his position will be taken into account by the next FIA president. If so, the F.1 engineers will have a great challenge. It is that the very characteristics that the category has would make it difficult to create cars that are just as fast and safe with little grip.