Great! Formula 1 has finally bitten the bullet on traction control. The newly published 2008 technical regulations stipulate both a standard ECU and that "no car may be equipped with a system or device which is capable of preventing the driven wheels from spinning under power or of compensating for excessive throttle demand by the driver."
Furthermore, and just to be sure, the regs further stipulate: "Designs or systems which in addition to typical inherent hydraulic and mechanical properties are designed to, or have the effect of, adjusting or otherwise influencing the amount, or rate, of engagement being demanded by the FIA ECU, are not permitted." In other words, even if you think of a way around the ban - that's banned too!
It's a move in the right direction towards keeping the driver's ability significant in determining lap time. But its importance is more philosophical than nuts- and-bolts real: no new hierarchy of drivers is suddenly going to be revealed as they each have to fully control their throttles, and cars are not suddenly going to be cornering in a much more spectacular manner.
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