Dennis reasons against TC ban

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has outlined the reasons why teams and engine manufacturers would like to see the traction control ban, now delayed until the start of 2004, overturned altogether

Dennis reasons against TC ban

Speaking at Imola, Dennis said: "I think that there is an understandable desire by the purists, of which I am one, to see the maximum opportunity given to the driver to demonstrate his skill. But there is a misconception, through a lack of knowledge, of what electronics actually do. Brazil was a classic example of the lack of contribution that these systems have. The drivers were still making errors."

Dennis added: "Taking electronics away from the car is going to trigger several things that are bad for Formula 1. Firstly, we genuinely believe that you can't police a traction control ban. Secondly, and of far greater concern to the teams, is that some of the parameters of control - such as 3D throttle control mechanisms - allow electronics to eliminate the bad qualities of an engine.

"If you take the electronics away, manufacturers will spend a huge amount of money trying to duplicate mechanically what is inexpensively achieved electronically. So, there is a massive cost consequence even forgetting that we don't want to go back to the days when everyone thought everyone else was cheating."

Asked whether he thought the FIA's determination to outlaw traction control was softening, Dennis said: "I think it's constantly under review but with the engine manufacturers expressing a very strong opinion that it's not what they want. When we have an investment in F1 we don't believe that the argument about what the public wants outweighs all the other problems that come with it."

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