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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Adam - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 2:18 PM

Why didnt he say that months and months ago when it was first proposed? Just get in it, drive it and shut up! Or is he worried about having to manage his tyres with a heavy fuel load, he is hardly the smoothest of drivers out there....?

will - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 2:37 PM

Well, I hate to say it but seeing as the Ferraris are obviously quick out of the box, it looks like the cheating spaniard will do well this year.. we all know he likes long fuel runs.

simon - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 2:57 PM

i am a new f1 fan and especially looking forward to this season, but if things need to be safer why not split the race day and have two 30 lap races,(design a tyre that will last 30 laps) 1 set of tyres and 1 tank of fuel per race what could be simpler, just like world superbikes, normally the second race is even better than the first less fuel aswell lewis to sit on whilst your driving around. good luck lewis jenson and michael...

Alan D - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 3:11 PM

Simon, a full tank of fuel is not a safety issue. Refuelling is. There are loads of fires caused by refuelling errors in F1, (and in IndyCar too). Fires during accidents are very rare in F1 and the cars have a lot of mandatory safety features.

Did LH really say it was a time bomb? I prefer to only believe these quotes if I see it in context on video. Someone said earlier that the quote came from a tabloid notorious for making up quotes. If that's the case they must have got the idea from a poster on here the other day who quite wrongly said that with twice as much fuel on board, and F1 car might explode.

DEclassRegal - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 3:23 PM

@Alan D: I would not doubt the authenticity of the comment. More than any other driver, lulu takes his machine to the outermost dynamic limits of threshhold deceleration. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not. His perception of those limits is probalbly quite acute and the nuances of a heavier machine become magnified in his mind as he is trying to recreate laps as all drivers do. There is no simulator greater than the human mind, for those that choose to use it anyway. I think he is just attempting to corollate past experiences with his anticipation of the effects that the added weight will have. I don't understand why people are so sure he is incapable of adaptation.

MichaelE - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 4:19 PM

Come on adamk! we all know why people hate lewis (wink, wink) I just want him to continue to win so he can shut them up! But, then again they would probably find something else to hate him for! This 2010 and people are still stuck in their bigotted & prejudice ways! The more things change, the more they stay the same!

:p

consuela - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 4:40 PM

OMG, they're both whining now, Lulu and Butt-head. C'mon guys, give up a brake from awful bravado. Hope Merc's gonna give those engines from C180, you're gonna be safe and sound!

Dazzie - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 4:43 PM

I'm not agreeing with lewis because I want him to win because I don't i'm an Alonso fan. But surely all the drivers carrying more fuel is more dangerous because if you think back to Kubica's crash in canada the other year it would only take a shunt like that and something to pierce the fuel tank and all the fuel goes over the hot car? Although the fire protection has improved since the last non-refuel season, this does seem like a 'ticking time bomb'.

Tombo - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 4:57 PM

@DeClassRegal " lulu takes his machine to the outermost dynamic limits of threshhold deceleration" -
that is one of the funniest things I've read in quite some time!!!

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