F1 » Hamilton: Refuelling ban makes F1 cars 'time bombs'

McLaren-Mercedes' 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton has cautioned that the renewed ban on refuelling in the sport in 2010 has turned F1 cars into dangerous 'time bombs...which could go off at any time'

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Pieter - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 12:42 PM

Lewis should have a little chat with Stirling. He raced silver arrows for 3 hour races with very harmfull (former Nazi bomber) fuel on board, sitting in between very thin walled fuel tanks, with no special valves, no nomex suit, no electronic gizmo's and no sand traps. And didn't complain one bit! I don't want to see drivers dying again, but if heavy cars, worn out brakes and suffering tires become part of the game again, the guy who wins the race will have probably worked for his win. And his money. If Lewis can't handle that, he can always take up football. As Sir Jack used to say: when the flag drops the bull**** stops. Less whining, more racing!


February 02, 2010 12:42 PM

Surely the 'time bomb' referred to the extra weight of the car, not the risk from fire?

The drivers are saying the car is 80kg heavier, which in F1 terms is about 15%.

Make any race car/bike 15% heavier and of course it'll put more stress on suspension, tyres and brakes.

BUT surely its the job of the engineers to fit bigger brakes, stronger suspension components and the tyre manufacturers to use harder compounds with greater wall strength?

Yes, cars will have to be 2kg heavier to cope with 80kg extra fuel load and overall will be 1 second per lap slower, but so what?

andrew mac - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 12:59 PM

What? Has he nver completed a high fuel run before in testing or practice?

As someone pointed out earlier, F1 cars are safer now than they have ever been.

A cynical person would say that this is him making excuses for being beaten by Button and the worry of the car being a "time bomb" will play always be at the back of his mind and will harm his performance. As I said, a cynical person would think this but they are few and far between arn't they?

Also, it's the same for all the other drivers and I don't see any of them complaining.

Just shut-up and drive!

McLewis - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 1:22 PM

still be a tart.

Tight with the HR department, maybe should hire some nanny's at McLewis. Sure he remembers the procedure... same way he hired Button!


February 02, 2010 1:27 PM

that must rank as one of the most stupid statements in years. it is not the fuel that burns, but the VAPOURS. if you see the polish tests at shows, the demonstrator pours petrol on a bonnet, lights it, and hey presto, no burn marks. meant to show how good the polish is, but it is just the vapours that ignite.
in other words, a nearly empty tank is far more explosive than a full one, no matter how big it is.

AdamK - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 1:45 PM

I would like to ask what would some of you people would find to complain about if Hamilton retired?What a whingeing soceity we have become when like vultures some of you feel the need to pick over every word the guy utters.

MichaelE - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 1:57 PM

To all the Schumacher lovers! Their is fears that his neck might not be quite healed. His doctor was seen in the Brawn garage. When asked about his presnse he was very vague! I'm going to say it again! THE MAN IS 41 YRS OLD!


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