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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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