F1 » Fernandes offers alternative to Trans-Siberian Express

AirAsia boss - and Lotus team principal - Tony Fernandes has come up with a possible solution to the volcano-inspired transport chaos facing the F1 circus.

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April 19, 2010 5:41 PM
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@JohnDier1 I heard some are flying to the Middle East though now some airlines are conducting tests to see how bad the ash fall affects planes. So far there is a degree of success but it's up to the airlines and the EU to decide whether to open airspaces.


April 19, 2010 5:55 PM

If the teams normally truck the stuff to the Euro races, why don't they fly it to Spain and send the trucks to get it? ...Or just go straight to Barcelona and treat it like another flyaway if they're strapped for cash?

I can't believe the drama some people are creating out of this. I read of someone yesterday complaining they were stranded in Amsterdam and couldn't get back to London!


April 19, 2010 6:33 PM
Last Edited 2122 days ago

@stumacher in the 1980's a British Airways 747 flew over an ash cloud from a volcano in Indonesia at night time. All 4 engines were put out of commission and the pilots had to glide the plane back to Jakarta. Since ash is not seen on radar no one knew what was going on until they found out about the eruption of nearby Mt Gallunggong in Java. Ash has the consistency of fine powder and it is glass and rock. If it hits any plane engine it could be bad. That is why European airspace is off limits for the time being. The last thing anyone needs is a disaster.


April 19, 2010 6:36 PM

cont: Also high level winds have been pushing that ash cloud from Iceland south and east hence covering Northern and central Europe. Since most of the teams are based in the UK they are trying to find ways back so they can get their upgrades done for the next race.

andrew - Unregistered

April 19, 2010 6:37 PM

stumacher - as arcuid says, the ash doesn't show up on radar. But the main problem is that the ash is so fine it can easily clogg and engine. The airlines have been told to think about passenger safety, and this is what they are doing by not flying.

But how's this for an idea? They could race from China to Spain, sort of like a rally idea. Go in two hour stints then stop to refuel and change tyres then get going again. :p

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