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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feck. - Unregistered

September 13, 2012 5:37 PM

@commodoreS i get your point, however this isnt a disagreement, rather an added topic for discussion, having been a racer myself and had the full support of my family who were and are also still currently racing i cant help but wonder is it not selfish to race? yes you can have the support of and for your family should something happen but after all its you who puts the helmet on and you who puts yourself at risk...... and you do make that decision to get up and put that helmet on. you know the risk but you never think of it otherwise you would just wobble at the back...

@jose i see very funny. ahh memories of past 'achievements' do bring smiles to your face daily....

surely 9/10 another car goes over the cockpit of another car its down to driver error? there's only one way to fix that problem... a good slaap round the ear. i suppose the major issue in terms of driver safety is when you have an incedent like webber cartwheeling over? (although i cant remember if that too was driver error?) anyway motorsport is dangerous it says that on the way into the track. and yes sadly or not, a good percentage of people watch it purely for this reason... but you have to say its the sports on doing, when you see videos/dvd's like the crash compliations.....

Mark _

September 13, 2012 5:59 PM

The whole safety issue is a bit of a trade off. The safer that it becomes the more chances that drivers will take. Drivers will continue to push that boundry. Given that there is a highly reduced risk of injury compared to years past it has given rise to increased penalties as a way to discourage unsafe driving.

leon - Unregistered

September 13, 2012 6:43 PM

It would be worth considering rolling starts.
it does not address all these problems but it would contribute greatly to better safety, racing and damage.

FreeJack - Unregistered

September 13, 2012 8:02 PM

Last season you could definitely say that more than a few races were decided in the first corner or at the start, since it was usually Vettel shooting off the line and pulling away. This season, however, it's been decided by racing...and that first corner is not the deciding factor in who wins the race, but some of the drivers sure treat it like it is. They need to learn that you don't score points by wrecking in the first corner or on the first lap. Wise words from Webber...as usual.


September 13, 2012 10:32 PM

Dan Wheldon's death was a great tragedy, but the numerous launches of cars in that crash had more to do with the track layout than anything else. And with respect to the Spa accident, drivers themselves have commented that the severity of the accident had more to do with the layout of the start straight at Spa. There is much that can be accomplished with better track design and improved passive restraint measures to avoid the accident or at least mitigate the injuries. when you look past the horrific spectacle of Wheldon's and other drivers' crashes, Dan Wheldon hit his head on an unprotected post, and the other drivers escaped injury free. A more appropriate catch fence and an aerodynamic package that prevented cars from drafting so closely so easily would be a more appropriate response to incidents of this sort. You never, never saw Indy cars drafting so closely in the days of Fittipaldi, Tracy and Andretti, and it was due to the aerodynamics.

EnRiCo47 - Unregistered

September 13, 2012 10:50 PM

If our streets are more dangerous that F1 Taxi driver s pay cheque should be higher than Alonso s and Co.

That s way in Sydney we still have a driver celebrating his 100th birthday,,..eat your heart out Schumacher you are just a baby...


September 13, 2012 11:46 PM

Enrico, Robert Manzon former Ferrari driver had his 95th birthday earlier this year, making him the oldest living former F1 driver. Hopefully in 5 years he'll join your taxi driver as a centenarian.

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