The 2017 season of the World Rally Championship kicked off last month, and despite rough conditions, the new cars proved to be incredibly fast. Possibly too fast. You might not think that's possible in racing, but the FIA thinks it is. And it's considering changing the rules to force drivers to slow down.
, FIA rally director Jarmo Mahonen said he doesn't want to see average speeds exceed 80 mph. But earlier this month during Rally Sweden, some drivers' average speeds were well above that. This caused the FIA to of that race.
"If we see a stage time of more than [80 mph] then it's an indicator that we need to be looking at this," Mahonen told Motorsport. "From our point of view this was too fast. What we want to do is look at a guideline on this, but maybe we need to think to the regulations."
He does, however, understand that artificially limiting speeds isn't the best approach. "We want speeds lower than [80 mph], but I remember when I was an organizer and I didn't want to use straw bales to make chicanes," said Mahonen. "I understand that, and the answer is simple: use smaller roads that will be slower. This is what we have to do."
While we don't necessarily like the idea of slowing down races, if the FIA is going to attempt it, at least it'll be through more complicated stages, not hay bales or speed limits.