F1 » Barrichello set to frustrate Sutil, Senna?

Rubens Barrichello may have taken a significant step closer to retaining his Williams seat in 2012, according to reports.

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January 03, 2012 10:37 PM

All this talk still about a broken weld - a man died -people grieved - still grieve.

I really wish the Welding Institute in Cambridge UK could / would make a comment to hopefully end this speculation.
It would stun me if they were not involved in the investigation.

I also find it impossible to believe any F1 Team could ever make a repair without researching and understanding the risk or consequences to impact, wear, stress, etc on such a joint.
These people employ the very best of the best Engineers. They examine every angle, every material, every oppertunity, every technical advantage to make their car faster, handle better, (just) last the race etc, etc.
They would not just do a quick weld job to adjust the steering wheel set up without understanding the "weldability".

We are not talking about a bl##dy back street bodge up repair shop here!

Mark _

January 04, 2012 12:48 AM

It really does not matter what caused the accident. It should have been survivable but a freak set of circumstances prevented that.

There was something very bad about that whole weekend with Roland's crash, Ruben's near fatal crash, the race start crash with wheels hitting spectaters, Senna's crash, and the tire coming off at speed in the pit lane. Hopefully we never see a weekend like that again. Given so much carnage at once it is a wonder that they ever raced there again.


January 04, 2012 4:05 AM

A team of specialists/experts from Bologna University reported back to the court, The steering column was badly welded together about a third of the way down and couldn't stand the strain of the race, it seems like the job had been done in a hurry.
A technical commissioner testified, both vehicles black boxes were intact, but in a move that apparently breached FIA regulations, Whiting handed the boxes to Williams before the regulating body own investigation, Williams claimed the boxes were unreadable, which effectively put to rest the chances of the truth ever coming out.
A note, anybody not fully conversant with welding, even those that claim to have an engineering background, should not talk/ comment about welding, ANY THING WELDED should and must be EX RAYED BEFORE BEING PASSED FOR USE.


January 04, 2012 4:23 AM
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@@@Senna s debate.

AS everybody can agree now we can only know the truth if we eyewitness the event or events with a technical knowledge and if we are there at a stress test or whatever.

If we were not there, no matter how, knowledgeable,stubborn or deluded you are we relay on somebody s else s book, news or videos so we see events edited, and i dont care what anybody may say, this is a fact of modern life. (Man on the moon?).

When i was a young man at a technical collage in Italy in the 60 s we didnt have the 2 great wars in the curriculum because books could have being partial(writers lived the periods) as well as teachers ,exposing the subject, as they lived it, to bending.

As a lot of you,thought they had a solid answer to Senna s crash , others who say the have same technical background came from the opposite direction with an equally unquestionably correct but contrary answer.

As , a confessed lame person, the most acceptable answer to me we was from @@@@OLI , i think who


January 04, 2012 7:49 AM

yirmin. of course the way in which a weld could have failed, is possible to determine! this is an important part of forensic science and the condition of the metal molecules can determine in what way the weld broke.

victor - Unregistered

January 04, 2012 9:22 AM

sunny I am aware that ANY THING WELDED should and must be EX RAYED BEFORE BEING PASSED FOR USE. I presume the weld would have been carried to the relevant code and xrayed. I did say if the welding was not right it would not / should not have been fitted to the car.

You disagree with Richard re 'the weld'.


January 04, 2012 9:57 AM

Yirmin, The FW16 still won 6 races and was second 5 times with Hill at the wheel, regardless of the circumstances this car was not the pup that some claim. How many drivers would give their right nut to have 6 wins and 5 seconds next year? all of them I would imagine.

Back to Barrichello, Look at poor Bruno in that photo. He's been listening to Rubens' whine about how Ferrari mistreated him and Brawn mistreated him and Schumy tried to kill him blah blah blah, Bruno's ready to throw himself out the nearest window!


January 04, 2012 10:07 AM

AT&T have apparently pulled the pin on sponsorship
with Williams.

A Quatar Bank rumoured to assume their place.

Didn't Rubens say he had Quatar Money to offer

The UAE slowly pouring money into F1 with McLaren the
main recipients

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