F1 » Webber: F1 is not a finishing school

Mark Webber says that drivers need to take responsibility for their actions on track before F1's luck runs out.

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September 13, 2012 3:10 PM

Indy car style rear bumpers are ugly, and there have been several cases of drivers bumping the driver in front, as the risk of a launch is less. If i wanted to watch this I would watch Nascar, which i don't. I don't think this is a good solution and I do not enjoy watching the Indy cars anymore. I hope F1 avoids a similar decision of enclosing cockpits or wheels. Open wheel racing is open wheel racing. The risks are far less than at any time in the past, and while there will be another fatality one day, the sport will and perhaps should have an element of risk. Frank Williams once said a F1 car should look fearful and give you shivers. I hope they continue to pursue safety measures but leave the cockpits and wheels open.

jumbobet - Unregistered

September 13, 2012 3:17 PM

how about you try to crash at 200 km/h on a guard-rail with a volkswagen polo, or on a red bull formula 1 at silverstone, and then you tell me what's more dangerous... you genius. wtf


September 13, 2012 3:28 PM

Motorsport is dangerous jumbobet.

It takes a special style of person to
undertake the passion and compete.

We lost a great man in the last 24 hours who
contributed to the safety of the sport not only
in F1 but Motorsport generally.

Drive your V.W polo appropriately and you will
be fine

jumbobet - Unregistered

September 13, 2012 3:37 PM

@commodore 64

i'm saying formula 1, not motorsport in general, it's completly different.

and i don't have a volkwagen polo and i'm not worried about myself, i'm talking about Formula 1 which has become a LAUGHABLE sport, unlike motorsport in general, where people get fined and disqualified because of normal race accident...

they might as well transform Formula 1 in a videogame if they're so worried about everything.

Mark _

September 13, 2012 3:39 PM

@Ed - there is a difference between being a rookie and still learning racecraft. What Webber is saying is that drivers need to learn their racecraft prior to joining the F1. Personally I think that in most cases it is preferable for rookie drivers to start in a less competitive team while they learn the ways of F1.

Mark _

September 13, 2012 3:42 PM

@benignlyindifferent - I suspect that Dan Weldon's family and anyone who knew him have absolutely no issue with the changes to make Indycars less likely to become airborne. Indycars are different beasts than F1 cars given all of the high speed ovals that they race on. The Indycars really only look different from the rear so it seems like your issue is that you like to see spectacular crashes or drivers being injured. Maybe NASCAR really would be more to your liking.


September 13, 2012 4:00 PM

@ jumbobet:

All motorsport is dangerous regardless of the category.

If you wish to see flying carbon fibre/accidents/injuries thats fine.

I don't. I wish the sport to be as safe as possible.

I speak with experience and agree with Mark that facets of the sport need to be addressed.

Its that simple.

jumbobet - Unregistered

September 13, 2012 4:08 PM


typical politically correct clueless moralism

i don't want to see injuries you idi8t, but motorsport include risk and accidents, and Formula 1 should as well, otherwise it is not racing anymore.

if you don't accept that go somewhere else, you're free to do it, those who are scared to race are free to retire, (rich), from Formula 1, which is already as safe as it can get...

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