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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What The! - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 12:05 PM

How many of you posters drive an f1 car? If anyone can comment on this subject it's Coulthard. Webber was bawked by a slower car at 200mph because it's 5 seconds slower. It's dangerous stuff and these new teams really are a dangerous joke at the moment.

iceman - Unregistered

July 04, 2010 1:03 AM

If it was 80m early as coulthard said then taking a speed of 307kph that comes out to 85m/s so the Lotus applied brakes a full second earlier than Webber was doing. However, when you've known all year about the difference in downforce between teams, why are you leaving the actual pass to the last minute like that?

I guess DC is still on the payroll.

Jim Eagan

July 04, 2010 7:46 AM

Considering that the new teams are within 107% in qualifying, it makes it a moot point. There will always be slower cars. As has been said in this thread before, it is up to the driver that is passing to make sure that the pass is being made safely. This is true in even your local indoor kart track. I know for a fact that it is explicitly stated it both the SCCA and NASA rulebooks. And those are mostly amateur racers.

I've seen multi-class open-wheel racing in SCCA that would make Coulthard's head spin from the huge difference in closing speeds. And yet, somehow, these amateur racers manage to deal with it quite handily.


July 04, 2010 9:37 AM

In the case of F1 engine “equality” means nothing less than a standard series like GP2, the engine development freeze and FI racing just doesn't go together, the 35 BHP difference Horner is claiming is exaggerated not even Cosworth should be that far off, I cannot understand why Renault kept supplying RBR after RBR openly tried to ditch them for Mercedes.

quentin - Unregistered

July 04, 2010 2:45 PM

think davids lost his mind i remember not so long ago that the slower teams were a lot slower than the fast teams compared to now nobody disputes they are slower but with no testing allowed how are they suposed to get faster

Paddles - Unregistered

July 04, 2010 11:32 PM

Ronnie Fan has summed it up perfectly in his post on page 1. Me thinks one DC is starting to carry on like that other little noisy scotsman that we don't take any notice of ....... JS!

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