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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February 02, 2010 10:23 PM

You guys are so wack today it is silly. Hammy's concerns are felt by all the other drivers as well. Triple the amount of gas normally carried should be a concern to us all. And weight distribution another. Just hope we do not witness firey crashes due to this new rule. And strategy will so affected, will not look like F1 since 1993 when cars were much different. I think Hammy is more concerned about race strategy than full tanks. Perhaps their engines burn too much gasoline. Whatever.Bye

Alan D - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 10:34 PM

Mike, yes, you are correct. The fuel tanks are actually made of rubber so they should deform rather than split under impact, and it is supposed to self-seal in the event of a cut in the fuel lines. Within the car it is contained within the safety cell, so if it does get ripped open it would mean the safety cell has collapsed so we'd be talking about something worse thank Kubica's accident in Canada, for example. And yes, fuel tanks contain foam to reduce the risk of vapour build up.

Taz - Unregistered

February 03, 2010 12:16 AM

As Alan correctly states the fuel cell deforms under contact rather than splitting. Kind of technology that could have saved concorde (possibly).

PussyCatDog - Unregistered

February 03, 2010 1:57 AM

Harden up Lewis.

Looks like your time with Nicole has affected you. You've become the "Pussy" part from her band.
You wouldn't have lasted 5 mins in F1 in the 70's and 80's.
And to think you copied your helmet design off Senna. He'd slap you for a comment like that if he were here.

Larry - Unregistered

February 03, 2010 2:30 AM

All they had to do was not allow refuelling AND changing tyres at the same pit stop. Also they could do it the Nascar way, only 2 wheels at a time, that would then really shake up the tactics and pit stops

john - Unregistered

February 03, 2010 7:26 AM

Lewis'comment is quite astute. Fire is the biggest threat to race car drivers. It is good F1 has become so safe lately where scores of mechanics and fire crews can quickly douse a flame or extract a driver if necessary...but now it's gone.

On the track it will now be quite risky with loads of fuel and no help or slow help. If there is a firey accident and the driver cant extract himself like Lewis in 2007, Kovy in 2008, Massa and Block in 2009, then it becomes a very serious matter. Just ask 3 X WDC Nikki Lauda about fire. Lewis is right.

Maybe refueling should be looked at again for its safety value. I think that is what Lewis is suggesting. Certainly, he is not afraid to drive a car.

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