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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.

1Jez

March 28, 2014 6:13 AM

F1 » Kate Walker: The sound of a conspiracy


What a strange, strange theory. My observation, having attended FP1 and FP2 in Melbourne, was that the TV coverage sounded BETTER than trackside. Yes, the cars sound more 'throaty' in reality, but the turbo whistle (the cool bit) is more pronounced on the TV. They sound kind of weird, new and somewhat interesting on TV - but they're just plain disappointing in reality. The conspiracy theorists have it backwards in my view.

1Jez

March 22, 2014 3:17 PM

F1 » Red Bull appeal date set


The way I see it, there are two issues to be argued. 1- the regulations state a maximum permissible fuel flow, and 2- the stewards issued a directive to use not more than the maximum permissible fuel flow. If RBR can prove they followed the regulations, it kind of renders the stewards directions at best moot and at worst unlawful. Provided RBR can demonstrate they did not exceed the fuel flow limit, how could the court of appeal punish a team for both observing the fuel flow limit and ignoring an instruction to observe the fuel flow limit? I don't just hope RBR succeed with their appeal - I would put money on it being successful (just not a lot :)).

1Jez

March 22, 2014 3:10 PM

F1 » Red Bull appeal date set


Sunny - I doubt that very, very much. Firstly, the FIA's fuel flow sensor has been nothing but problematic from the get-go. Secondly, I would eat my hat if every engine manufacturer/team did not have multiple other readings being provided by multiple other devices in the fuel delivery system. Everything from meterage of fuel pumps, to oxygen sensors, to inlet manifold sensors, to injectors and myriad other things that you or I have no idea of. All of that data will no doubt be fed in to a highly accurate analysis model with a provable algorithm and hard and fast numbers.


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