Inside Motorsports Vol. 1 2018/Q1 - Part I - Page 12

1980's: f 1 becomes so f ast, FIA needs t o st ep in... I n t he 1980's, t ur bochar ged engi nes became i ncr edi bl y power f ul : 1400+ BHP on qual i f yi ng and ar ound 1200 BHP dur i ng t he r ace. An i nt er est i ng compar i son: Mer cedes pr obabl y del i ver s a l i t t l e mor e t han 1000 BHP on qual i f yi ng t oday...The l evel of downf or ce got much hi gher as t echnol ogy pr ogr essed. Car s became so f ast , t hat dr i ver s st ar t ed to exper i ence bl ackout s on qual i f yi ng sessi ons! That was t he per i od, when dr i ver s st ar t ed t o pay at t ent i on t o t hei r condi t i on and do physi cal t r ai n. FI A st epped i n 1984: t hey have r emoved t he ski r t s, and i n 1989 t hey compl et el y banned t he t ur bochar ged engi nes f r om F1. Fun f act : F1 saw t he most over t aki ng dur i ng t he ear l y '80s, despi t e t he huge downf or ce l evel ... "I've al ways been r easonabl y f at al ist ic" - Nigel Mansel l