F1 » 'We don't need another casualty in F1 2010!'

McLaren Racing managing director Jonathan Neale has insisted that the under-fire F1 2010 newcomers must be given every chance possible to succeed - even if he confesses he does not envy their plight

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Esteban - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 1:36 PM

I think the problem with the newcomers will not be their speed (or lack thereof) but their reliability. It could mess things up a bit to have multiple car failures during Q1. I would expect to see some of the established teams going out early to get a token time on the board, just in case.
But I think this is a small concern, likely there will be few big problems, and bitching helps nobody - giving the new teams support is the best way to work through these teething troubles.

moose - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 2:18 PM

I dont think 107% rule is necessary. if we take Barcelona test for example, to be within 107% of the fastest car, they can be about 5.6 sec off the pace. I dont think that they are 6 sec off at the moment, at worst only 5 sec. give them time, at least until race 5, at that time, they will chipping of seconds I believe...

Mark _

March 10, 2010 9:54 PM

ALMS and LeMans seem to be able to handle cars with big differences in speed. It is part of what makes those series exciting. These guys are just going to have to be mindful of the blue flags.

Alan D - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 10:18 PM

I've said before that I think the blue flag is not helping racing. In the past, passing a back marker was a skill that champions showed and exploited. It created overtaking opportunities. Nowadays, as soon as someone gets close to being lapped, the blue flags come out and drivers know the stewards are quick to penalise and leap out of the way and slow down even when it isn't necessary. It seems no-one dare risk trying to stay on the lead lap any more. Even if they are keeping pace ahead of the race leader they need to slow right down and make it really obvious they've jumped out of the way or else its a fine and a black flag.

Mark _

March 10, 2010 11:23 PM

In Indycar they allow the lappers to fight to stay on the lead lap. It makes sense on an oval but on a road course they should not be that far behind the leaders to begin with. I would prefer that they be allowed to unlap themselves if a safety car does come out than let them interfere with the front runners.

Paddles - Unregistered

March 11, 2010 12:03 AM

Bravo ........ some good positive comment from someone who should really know how important it is for new teams in F1. I agree, we don't need any more casualties whether they be new teams or established teams. I personally think that the failing of new teams ie. USF1 is just as bad for the sport as the departure of existing teams ie. Toyota

Jim Eagan

March 11, 2010 3:35 AM

It's amazing how many of the team principles of those at the sharp end of the grid have very short memories. It wasn't *that* long ago that there were more than 24-26 cars on the grid, and several of them were at least 4-6 seconds slower than the pole contenders. The only reason the 107% rule was in effect was that there were more entrants than one could safely have on the grid at any given time (I could be wrong, though).

And again, people forget that without the smaller teams in F1, there would be no Fernando Alonso. Starting his career at Minardi was probably the best thing for his career. Better to learn in the shallow end of the pool than to be thrown into the ocean and told to swim.


March 11, 2010 3:47 AM

It's the selection process that they protest. Teams were allowed in based on acceptance of budget and two tiers and a Cosworth engine. Not a very FAIR process. These were not the BEST available candidates for the re filling of the grid. They protest or speak out because teams that would have NEVER had a chance to run F1 are running because MAX wanted two tiers. HE GOT IT..

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