F1 » Coulthard: Gap between best and worst F1 cars is 'dangerous'


Mark Webber's former team-mate turned BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard has described the difference in speed between the fastest and slowest cars in F1 as 'dangerous' and in urgent need of remedy in the wake of the Australian's terrifying Valencia shunt

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sokudo - Unregistered

July 02, 2010 8:30 PM

does coulthard not remember a few years back minardi were back by the same gap? and around 1995, when DC was just a young buck, the gaps were even larger?

beeflin

July 02, 2010 8:30 PM

Strop is the word! Keeping an eye on Coulthard over the last 16 years, I have after some deep thought gradually come to the conclusion that he is a humourless, stuck-up, whining old biddy. This closing speed argument is a load of horse exhaust. Is he seriously trying to suggest that cars should always race at the same speed as each other? How could that be achieved? To take an obvious example, if an engine blows, a tyre bursts or a car misses a bend and spends some time on grass, its speed relative to following cars will suddenly become much lower. As to Webber learning from this, don't hold your breath waiting for that big lump of wood to let any kind of self-criticism cross his mind.

mel_drew - Unregistered

July 02, 2010 8:52 PM

Like others, I feel that Coulthard should avoid any more sartorial clashes with Jake and just turn up on the Beebs team in his Red Bull shirt. A few weeks ago he managed to put together an article in which he apportioned no blame whatever to any Red Bull team member for the Vettel/Webber crash. I suppose it's part of his consultancy role with the team. The same applies to his remarks here, suggesting that it's virtually impossible for the so-called best drivers in the world to cope with cars circulating a bit slower than them, and diverting attention away from the fact that Webber drove like a ****.

However, I get irritated when he uses his job with the BBC to spout the party line.

Dario - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 12:20 AM

Webber was clearly at fault as he was behind and it was his responsibility to pass safely. But there is something to be said about Kovalainen's moving to the left, then right, then left again, unable to make his mind up.

It's like when you come across someone on the sidewalk, and in an effort to give eachother room, you both end up moving in the same direction, then both move in the opposite direction when the mistake is realized.

Kovi should have picked his line and stuck to it. Don't need that kind of confusion at those speeds, especially in a sport where you eventually committ to a certain line.

Mark _

July 03, 2010 12:34 AM

That must be why DC stayed on the racing line in the rain at Spa with a crippled car when he was hit up the backside by MS. DC has had more avoidable contact than almost any driver I can think of.

Marybeth - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 1:02 AM

DC,
Steve Matchett said on Dave Despain's Windtunnel Sunday evening that he would rather see the bigger teams, Ferrari, McLaren, RB, Merc race three competitive carscars than the slower cars who often break down and don't finish. It was also mentioned that starting organizations be allowed to buy a chassis for their first year.
Dave said that Jean Todt might be on Windtunnel this coming Sunday, July 4th, on Speed at 9 pm. That could be interesting! :)

TPapp

July 03, 2010 1:23 AM

I wont comment on Webber beause we all know what the truth is with that but is RBR really asking that engine rules be ammended so that there is more equality? This is F1 is it not? If your engine manufacturer isn't up to snuff then get them up to snuff or switch manufacturers. At this level no one should be expecting rules to be handed out in your favor just because your equpiment's not good enough. Next thing we'll have is Lotus asking for turbo chargers and double wing size because they, apparently, don't have enough speed or down force. Stupid arrogant pricks over at RBR.

Powerline 2008 - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 3:47 AM

You know what is dangerous? Badly designed street circuits that do not allow any overtaking. Secondly, an organizer like Bernie who keeps adding circuits & races to the calendar without consulting the teams & drivers. Bernie should be banned for endangering teams & drivers due to his greed.

Nigel - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 10:07 AM

Engine equality which might and will preclude engine development is out of the question. If RBR's engine supplier is not up to scratch then Christian Horner should change suppliers to a better one.
The gap between the fastest and slowest cars on the F1 circuit is enormous. I have always said that the FIA should bring out a rule that if a car is lapped twice in a race, it should be called in for the remainder of that race. A twice overlapped car in an F1 GP will be simply creating an obstacle to faster drivers. F1 is a race of the greatest car technology and not an obstacle race.

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