It has been announced that driver skill will have an even slighter impact from the 2019 season on wards. During an interview ahead of qualifying for the Canadian V-Prix, Nic Morley was adamant that driver skill would play a far more crucial role next year. Before the 2017 season, driver skill was made more important, but according to the series CEO, Formula Virtual is ready for that next step.
"We made talent of the driver more important for 2017 and since then I think it's done wonder's for the sport and gives us a much more competitive season. We are two years into this style of driver and car ratio, and now I am sure we are ready to make the next step towards making driver talent more important however small. I say that because it's not going to be massive, but enough to see the field tighten up a bit more". When I heard the news Giodano was being dropped by Ocelot.. I was appalled.. not at the team or driver, but at the situation and I don't think it's right for this sport to be having these situations. Of course development of the car needs to continue to be very important and that will never change but this sport also needs to be about the drivers, and have the best drivers in the best cars. This isn't a knee-jerk reaction to that particular news, but something that has been planned since the start of 2017.", said Morley.
Perhaps more alarmingly, when asked on tyre strategies for 2019, the series CEO let it slip he still isn't sure on the regulations for next year, despite confirming multiple tyre suppliers a while ago. It has been rumored that the number of tyre suppliers and the compounds are still undecided for 2019, thus causing friction among the parties involved.
"I don't know about next year yet, I'm still unsure on the tyre regulations and I understand this is a big deal for the teams and the tyre suppliers themselves. It was wrong to confirm the regulation changes a month ago when in fact there are still serious doubts around", finished Morley.
Morley didn't add any further to the topic, but the bit he did say is sure to spread across the Virtual Motorsport world over the coming days.