F1 » POLL: Should F1 teams let drivers indulge in dangerous activities?


Juan Montoya, Mark Webber and, now, Robert Kubica have all suffered injuries taking part in risky activities away from the racetrack.... but should the teams allow them to get their kicks when it could endanger their careers?

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Cubikrube

February 08, 2011 11:15 AM

Getting out of bed can be a dangerous activity if you trip over on the clothes you left there the night before. I don't think rallying is overly dangerous, it has it's moment's as all motorsports do.
The only one i think is a bit daft is when superbike/gp riders go MotoX-ing as that is rather dangerous and many have got injured in pre-season doing it, Lorenzo, Rossi, Hayden, Hopkins, Hodgson..i could go on....in fact it would probably be easier to name the riders who haven't been injured when using a Moto-X bike!
Ultimately, if the team and driver/rider are happy for them to do it then it's nought to do with us

tdubus - Unregistered

February 08, 2011 11:22 AM

Sorry to say but this poll is quite ridiculous... Who cares what we think? Danger has a different meaning depending on who you ask. It's between the employer and employee and ultimately for the employee to decide if he will accept to stop all the activities he basically lives for to put his F1 career as a priority. I find Boulier's explanation/comment on why they accepted this from the pole perfect.
An indulger in extreme sports (to some anyway, not to me).

"normal person" - Unregistered

February 08, 2011 11:39 AM

This argument is really stupid would this of happened if it was a doctor or surgeon that had a accident a affected his/her career i love to watch F1 and i was horrified to see that Robert had had a accident and hopes he can recover to see his dream realised again as he is one of the nicest drivers out there but these people who entertain us with their skills cannot (as well as everyone else for that matter) sit in a padded room saying i cant do this i might get hurt it can happen anywhere anytime anyway

ps all the best Robert

joeh - Unregistered

February 08, 2011 1:24 PM

If i was a team owner i would try to discourage "dangerous activities" ( practically impossible to enforce ) , especially with the amounts of money spent on drivers /budgets .Then again you had Niki Lauda have his tractor roll on him while he was driving for Ferrari and then enzo forbid him to drive it again, really.

Rossi mistake - Unregistered

February 08, 2011 1:58 PM

You hear with bike riders they use motox to keep their bike fitness up which is nearly impossible in any other way than riding bikes and in the winter other than dirt bikes or riding overseas there are few options, is it likely racing drivers compete in these type of event to keep them sharp, and car fit? Plus i guess the thrill of competing is always of interest to people who thrive on competition

Adie - Unregistered

February 08, 2011 2:15 PM

I see with some pleasure that the majority view is that drivers should be free to take part in other events outside F1.I cannot help thinking that if we were the team boss of an organisation that had invested millions and a mere month before that investment was about to perform we may feel a little differently?This accident has seriously compromised the efforts of this team and you can bet rival team lawyers are carefully checking their drivers contracts right now!

Whither Alonso

February 08, 2011 2:39 PM

No, they are well-paid and like it or not this is about money. It's really not fair to the sponsors. F1 is rather controlled and the risks are pretty well-defined.


I wish Kubica well as he is my second favorite driver, but Rally Racing is ill-advised for F1 racers. the cockpit is very much more safe in an F1 car than a Rally Car and a false sense of protection exists. It is much harder to suffer serious injury in an F1 car - simple.

I am an Orthopedic Specialist by trade, BTW.

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