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1Jez

April 03, 2014 3:18 PM

F1 » Sutil: I don’t even have a water bottle…


This is appalling. Driving without a way to remain hydrated over 1.5 hours in the dry desert heat of Bahrain is nothing short of dangerous. Not to mention the long term effects on the drivers. Forget consensus from the drivers, the FIA needs to grow a pair and up the minimum weight by 20kg on safety grounds. Or, how about a driver minimum weight? Those drivers that don't make the minimum must carry ballast in the cockpit or seat. That way there's no point dropping weight out of the driver himself because it will still end up in the car.

1Jez

April 03, 2014 3:50 PM
Last Edited 19 days ago

F1 » Sutil: I don’t even have a water bottle…


Benignlyindifferent - I doubt you would see an overweight driver in modern Formula 1 even if they could make it down to the minimum car weight. The demands on the body are such that anyone short of professional athlete fitness is going to be uncompetitive as a driver half way through the race due to exhaustion. Not to mention they wouldn't fit into the cockpit (Ricciardo struggled to fit and he's no couch potato). My concern with simply upping the minimum car weight is that teams may use that additional weight in the car and continue to require the drivers to stay light. Having a minimum driver weight allows taller drivers to maintain their ideal body shape and shorter drivers are not disadvantaged with seat ballast to make weight. At the moment, taller drivers are clearly disadvantaged.

1Jez

April 01, 2014 4:08 PM

F1 » Boullier locking Magnussen in a room


That testing stat that Boullier quotes at the end of the article is pretty frightening. Whilst there are feeder series such as GP2, GP3 and WSBR, nothing is quite like a Formula 1 car and the comparative absence of pre season milage seems to be asking for trouble. It's a credit to the current stock of rookies that they're doing as well as they are given their age and (lack of) experience in F1.

1Jez

March 31, 2014 6:09 AM

F1 » What we learned at the Malaysian Grand Prix


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.

1Jez

March 30, 2014 1:13 PM

F1 » Ricciardo hit with 10 place grid penalty


What utter crap. I've never heard of an in-race penalty being backed up by another penalty at the following race. @Giveway is spot on. This is an incredibly harsh punishment. The only person who was disadvantaged by the unsafe release was Ricciardo himself! If he held up another car in the pits, one may argue for a harsher penalty, but there were no other cars around.

1Jez

March 29, 2014 3:06 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: The sound of a conspiracy


Chris - I tried to get around as much of the track as I could, but particularly hit points of hard acceleration and braking. At one point I was opposite the pit exit - a place where one would expect a cacophony of deafening race car sound - only to hear a disappointing whoosh. The other places I (unsuccessfully) tried to enjoy the sound where at turn 10 and down the back 'straight' to turn 11 (pretty much all of which the spectator is elevated above the level of the track), then the outside of turn 14, just at the entry to the corner (you can get pretty close to the track at this point and the cars are downshifting). Nowhere were the cars impressive to the ears. I also got the turn 15 premium zone ticket, which places one behind the cars as they accelerate through 16 onto pit straight - still crap.


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