Mike Coughlan, Technical Director at OrangeArrows explains the significance of the return of traction control…
Traction control is going to make very little difference to lap times. It is during the race where it will come into its own as the cars will be easier to drive, the tyres will last longer and the drivers will make less mistakes. This will impact on overtaking, making it harder, as it is usually when the driver in front makes a mistake that you get past. The biggest benefit is that we now have a level playing field as there are no question marks over who has these systems and who doesn’t
Traction control not only helps you in the slow corners, but also in the faster bits as well. It doesn't only compensate when you break traction; it also comes in when the car begins to slide, because at that moment one rear wheel is travelling faster than the other. So it's a new discipline. Whereas before, I would be taking a corner at, say, 120mph at one-half throttle, now I'm taking it at 125mph at full-throttle, knowing the car will correct itself if the back end steps out of line. That requires a lot of faith
and commitment in the electronics, and of course it takes a while to reach that state
Jenson Button is often mentioned as the driver who will gain the most from the change,The only person that may potentially have a problem is Kubica, as he literally stamps on the loud pedal
who's in your opinion will suffer the most drop in performance now that he can't depend on TC to save the slides and tyres?