Surely, some cars will go the distance, but you never know. This year is definitely the largest degree of power-train delta in F1 (all of racing?) history. I’d say it’s a real possibility (~20-30%) that it could happen. I doubt a single car has run a complete race distance simulation in testing, so you it’s conceivable issues will emerge over the last two-thirds of the race distance for even the more reliable units. Based on testing, I believe you’d have to think most, if not all the Renault runners will be out by mid-distance. It’s definitely going to be exciting to see what happens. So, the question; is Charley correct that the teams are so capable that it isn’t a likely scenario?
Given the poor reliability suffered by teams in testing there has been a lot of speculation about how many cars might finish in Australia this weekend, with incidents potentially adding to the attrition rate.
When asked today FIA race director Charlie Whiting said that he will stop the race if there are no cars running.
“First of all I’d like to say that I think a lot of these Doomsday scenarios are quite unlikely, knowing F1 teams and how efficient they actually are,” he said. “But if it came to the situation where no cars were running we’d just simply stop the race, because there wouldn’t be much of one, would there? But being serious I think that would be the only option. If the race couldn’t be restarted, as the rules say, then the results would be declared at the lap prior to the one during which the race…
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