F1: Team bosses discuss DTM-style success ballast to improve show

The DTM German Touring Car series uses weighted ballasts to slow down the cars that achieve success in their season and create tighter racing. 

Bernie Ecclestone chaired a meeting of F1 team bosses today and discussed ways of improving the show, and one of the ideas mooted was success ballast – as used in the DTM.

In the DTM, all examples of the winning marque carry extra weight at the next race, but a more sophisticated driver-specific version was discussed for Formula 1 with, for example, 20kgs for the winner, 18kgs for second, and so on.

Apparently the idea was well received by team bosses as a way of equalising the field – quite what race fans will make of it, coming after double points for the final round, remains to be seen…

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Meanwhile Ecclestone also made it clear that he is no fan of cost control measures, and suggested that testing be unrestricted in the future – something that could lead to massive budget increases.