F1 » What we learned at the Malaysian Grand Prix


Crash.net's team in the paddock bring you some of the F1 whispers from behind the scenes at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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1Jez

March 31, 2014 6:09 AM

Regarding the need for fuel flow sensors being safety - "...the risk of cars travelling at vastly different speeds with one on 50kg/h and another on 150kg/h was greatly reduced."

What, like when cars where flying past Raikkonen when he had a flat tyre on Sunday - that kind of speed differential? Or the kind of speed differential between Kovalainen's Lotus and Webber's Red Bull at Valencia in 2010? Think about which one of those two examples ended in a very serious crash and you may come to the conclusion that fuel flow regulation has very little, if anything, to do with safety.

F1 races will often witness a car limp around the track to get back to the pits under race conditions. Pick a cause - broken front wing, flat tyre, busted suspension, gearbox problem, it's a 2014 Lotus... Seldom (actually, I can't recall an example in modern F1) does it end in catastrophe.

seashack

March 31, 2014 7:38 AM
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I, for one, totally get why there are fuel sensors/restrictions and have no problem with it as long as they work (which they seem to for most teams.

Unlike quite a few who all of a sudden seem to have changed their TUNE about the sound of the engines, I have not. For me It's more the actual sound than the volume, so just louder won't work for me. I don't care for the turbo whistles and whooshes which make them sound like turbo diesel trucks (or lorries for the UK types :p ). I LOVE the deep growl of some engines like MotoGP and the AMG pace/safety cars.... they are absolutely amazing. But, these F1 cars sound like groaning frogs that whistle and whoosh. Those sounds have replaced the awe inspiring scream of high rev engines with the bang, bang and backfires on downshifts. :(

seashack

March 31, 2014 7:38 AM

Funny how Massa gets a total pass, but Seb was crucified for disobeying team orders. And now all of a sudden Williams are the bad guys too.. LOL, that will teach them for screwing the such a good guy. Do they owe themselves the best result... or Felipe????

Bottas didn't make a hardnosed pass attempt because you never do that on a teammate and risk taking either car out. If history is any guide he also didn't want to end up like 2011 when Lewis and Felipe frequently came together while battling.

I put it down to him being smart, rather than not being ABLE to pass as many seem to think, There is a huge difference between not passing a teammate for safety's sake and being unable to.... Rosberg/Hamilton in last years race comes to mind.

seashack

March 31, 2014 7:53 AM

Oh yeah, all the technology and sound issues aside.... the racing is boring. Very little actual passing of equally matched cars. We don't know who is saving fuel or tires unless they specifically say so over the radio, so we just have to guess.

Mercedes is just absolutely playing with everyone else and are even further ahead than appears, I think they are managing gaps, even in quali/practice. So it seems we will have another season dominated by one team. So far I am a VERY disappointed long time fan. And yes I have been to races in person, but this is the first year where I will not even be trying to see if I can go and I'm starting to lose interest in even watching any of the practice sessions.

whitew

March 31, 2014 9:30 AM

Guys on the TV saying Alonso is still the best driver.................. the first 2 races hes done nothing. Been gifted 4th in both races by Riccardo. He is a spent force, as are Ferrari.

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