F1 » Spa carnage to prompt crackdown on driving standards

Motorsport's governing body looks set to cast greater scrutiny on driving standards following the antics in all classes at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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September 05, 2012 3:23 PM

That's the thing... They keep trying (Spending a lot of money along the way) to change the cars drastically, to make them safer... Meanwhile, anyone with enough sponsor cash and the right license gets to drive the dam things!!!



September 05, 2012 3:41 PM

"Excessive weaving was not the problem which caused the accident. Grosjean's lack of spatial awareness was the problem. If Grosjean just gave Hamilton a little more space he would not have made the accident inevitable. "

Bollox, he didn't need to move over in the first place! All he was ever going to do was completely compromise his line out of the first corner..

It's a bloody long race and doing stupid things off the startline is asking for trouble.

Oli - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 6:15 PM

Modern F1 drivers are becoming such pussies.

Talk about an over-reaction. It wasn't even a serious crash. 10 years ago it would have been shrugged off and of you go.

Anyone remember Brundle's crash at Melbourne in 96? If that happened today he'd have been 'rested' for 2 months and someone will have been banned. MB just went to the spare car and got on with it.

Such a shame the powers that be are turning F1 into a girls sport like football.

Oliver Dupuy


September 05, 2012 9:15 PM

@ Oli

really? do we want both Saubers, Hamilton, Alonso and Grosjean all out after one corner? I personally think the race would have been a lot better with them all in it...

Having said that, the only difference between what Grosjean did and what countless others do at starts was the outcome, so given what his actions were, in this individual instance he has been unfairly singled out. Presumably the ban was because of his frequent first lap incidents though.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 10:16 PM

Grosjean was definitely used to send a signal as there was nothing malicious in this incident and the fact that it triggered something of that magnitude is mostly unfortunate after the tyres were intertwined what, 5 to 10 cm...

Having said that, it's always hazardous to move at the start but the risk will always be there. There has been crashes at la Source before and it will happen again in the future.

Well, the last it happened it was a very similar move by Hakkinen at Hockenheim in 94 and strangely both those bans have been handed to clumsy incidents rather than sheer cynical deliberate moves...

I love to hear older drivers lecturing in that particular crash when you remember some of their exploits in a not so distant past.

I've been reading a lot of things that confirms the fact that many people have goldfish memory and reasoning capabilities...

Oli - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 10:38 PM


No, I appreciate no one wants to see a couple of fast young drivers taken out through not fault of their own like the Sauber's were.

But large scale shunts taking out multiple cars are pretty rare and can even spice up a race. Someone mentioned Hockenheim 94... I recall Ligier finishing 2nd & 3rd!

What I object to is the neutralisation of the sport by giving away penalties every time there is contact on the circuit. We now see drive through and grid penalties virtually every race. Go back 15 years and the racing was no less fair but everyone accepted contact and accidents are a part of racing.

Grosjean is a little quiet for my taste but a quick little driver who is making Kimi work hard. Yes, he was at fault on Sunday and he needs to apologise to a few people but a ban is very OTT. Let him say sorry and get on with it.

Gaz - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 11:43 PM

Will Buxton ???? Just a "writer" of things he has no experience or understanding of ! Probably drives a Prius as well. Get a grip and toughen up you girl ! The sport has already been ruined along with most other forms of motorsports where "you cant do that and you cant do this" Nanny state rules and the "health and safety" pen pushers have got their way. Why don't we take all the drivers out of the cars and make them remote control ? There is a difference between an accident caused on purpose and one caused by people having the balls to go for a gap!
Thank God I had a chance to race at the Isle of Man TT before the pen pushers ban that as well. !

pcxmac - Unregistered

September 06, 2012 4:35 AM

Maldanado should be banned for jumping the start and or impeding traffic in qualifying ??? seriously ? He should be admonished for doing stupid stuff, his run in to Hamilton would be a good case for bannage, but you shouldnt ban someone for consistently sabotaging their own effort, when grid knocks will or should assure that stupdity only ends in non point scores, where a rational driver/team would admit that something needs to change.

I feel sorry for Williams having to endure mediocre performances for one overrated pilot and another hot head, but I dont understand the Maldonado hate. At least not race after race.


September 06, 2012 9:33 AM
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So it appears all the older folks on here would like the "On Track" issues sorted out "Off Track" after the race in private. Presumably in a back room with a sock full of snooker balls..................Can they leave their CRASH hats on ?

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