A Formula 1 engineer recently suggested, in jest, that the pinnacle of motorsport should ban engineers. This was too good an opportunity to miss, so Autosport pressed the point and asked a few more questions to see just what the benefits - and drawbacks - would be.
The first question, of course, is why? What would the advantage of banning engineers be?
"A lot of what the 'good old days' had that we 'lack' in modern F1 is unpredictability, largely due to unreliability, or just errors, such as people running out of fuel," says the source, who perhaps unsurprisingly wishes to remain anonymous.