F1 » Ecclestone against electric pit lanes

Bernie Ecclestone hits out at plans to make F1 pitlanes all-electric affairs

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Paddockman - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 1:49 PM

Bernie is talking rubbish. He hasn't been in the pit lane during a race for more than 20 years. You can't hear the speed limited cars in the pit lane because of the noise of the cars going by on the track. They are on full throttle. The cars in the pit lane are on speed-limited throttle openings.

There's no safety issue. Whether the idea is objectionable on aesthetic grounds is another matter.

Izno - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 1:52 PM

Seems that for him, all F1 is around the noise (no 4cyl turbocharged because of the noise, no electric because of the noise.....) Is he so old that he's becoming deaf ?

Mr D Bacle - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 2:25 PM

Putting F1's pathatic and futile attempts to "be seen to be green" aside for the moment, Bernie goes to the bottom of the class for his statement:

“There's no way that it will be electric in the pit lane. People could be killed because they won't hear the cars coming.”

Ermm,... the answer to this question is to have an audible noise emitting from the car whilst running an electric engine e.g The Millenniun Falcon. Like in a similar vein when you would illuminate a night race with lights because the sun has gone down...

mick - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 4:14 PM

Call me what you like I'm against KERS totally. What a waste of money to prove nothing. No doubt 99% of the general public who follow F1 would not know the crap exists in F1 cars.

unregistared - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 5:39 PM

this is absurd! the human race as a whole must move away from petrol combustion engines as we strive to protect our planet. F1 is the pinnacle of car racing and its research and technology globally. One day no road running cars will be powered by gasoline. F1 must be leading the way in producing new technologies, not adhering to old tech simply due to the preference of an older generation. This is not forward movement, but stagnation. yes, as any motorsport fan would, I love the sound of revving engines, cars screaming by @ 200mph. but one day our children will not remember the sound of a combustion engine and they'll wonder with regret why on earth their forefathers ever allowed these primitive machines to run as long as they did

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