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October 11, 2014 1:58 AM

F1 » FIA: ‘Nothing could have been done better’ post-crash

LargeStyle: When asked if he felt the FIA should have more power other than an advisory role when it comes to the race start time, Whiting replied: “Not really, no, because I don't think it actually effects safety as such. We still run the race according to the conditions whatever the time of day.
The starting time is not what caused the accident or what injured Bianchi. What Whiting is saying is that the time doesn't matter, they will run as long as it's safe and if it gets too dark then they will stop it, no matter if it's four, five or eight o'clock. Simple as that. And his warning to the organisers was just that - if they didn't schedule it earlier he saw a great risk that it might not run full time.


October 09, 2014 11:43 PM

F1 » F1 drivers want answers on Bianchi crash

Sure he may have had some other failure that caused the spin like you say, but it can definitely be said without a doubt that if a double waved yellow, that's supposed to mean drivers should slow down and be prepared to stop, actually meant they had to slow down (duh), then at least he would have left the track carrying a lot less speed. Going 200+ is NOT being prepared to stop, and going 240 like Chilton is even worse. The FIA can make this easy, just clarify the rule with how much they need to slow down and start demanding that the drivers actually follow the rule like they have to follow every other rule.


October 09, 2014 11:42 PM

F1 » F1 drivers want answers on Bianchi crash

richard: sodesu. a full course yellow would have been useless for several reasons. a full course yellow is a warning that there may be something on the track. in this case, bianchis accident happened in an area where there was a DOUBLE waved flags sector. this is stronger than a full course yellow. so having a full course yellow is certainly not the answer,
I was answering to the specific statement by here4thesun, not suggesting a full course yellow would somehow have been the answer in this case. You're absolutely right, a full course caution would probably have even less effective than the double waved yellows that were there. And the reason for that is that the rules and enforcement of them, like Perez says here, are too weak. [cont]


October 09, 2014 1:15 PM

F1 » F1 drivers want answers on Bianchi crash

here4thesun2: cont'd If / when they can identify the conditions, FIA need to send out a radio message for all driver to back it down to a prescribed speed, say 50 kph, in anticipation for a safety car. But it needs to be instantaneous and track-wide.
If they had better, and better enforced, rules for yellows then they could throw a full course yellow no problem. As it is today though, that wouldn't change much. As Perez says, they would probably only result in a small lift somewhere in each sector. I still think a stricter speed limit for cautions would go a long way to avoid this type of accidents in the past. Heck, if the drivers are as concerned as they say then they could easily make a gentleman's agreement among themselves about this even, that from now on no one will go faster than, say, 100, in a sector with double waved yellows. Doubt that's going to happen though.


October 07, 2014 6:09 PM

F1 » Smedley: Closed F1 cockpits ‘very easy to implement’

richard: its not relevant to this thread, but lulu openly admitted that he kept his drs open. and i understood that it should have been closed at a specific point. penalt given? No!
To be fair though, I think Hamilton just meant he kept it open longer than he should have given the current conditions. In the wet you have to break much earlier than in the dry, and in this case that probably meant you couldn't use the full DRS area or you'd end up in the gravel.

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