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RMcGeddon

December 06, 2014 5:56 PM

F1 » F1 Accident Panel: ‘Bianchi did not slow sufficiently’


Industrial vehicles are incompatible with racing cars. Racing cars cannot hit such vehicles at ANY speed with impunity. The only meaningful definition of slowing sufficiently is to stop and the rules should therefore be formulated to completely neutralise the race when drivers are likely to be presented with unpredictable but potentially fatal hazards.

RMcGeddon

December 06, 2014 5:55 PM

F1 » F1 Accident Panel: ‘Bianchi did not slow sufficiently’


It seems quite absurd to dump the blame on Bianchi who was simply doing his job to the best of his abilities. The race director, on the other hand is supposedly in possession of all the facts and should have known what the rules required of a driver under double waved yellows. He would also have known that the driver’s likely reaction would have been to slow minimally, and that would have been inadequate. It is pretty difficult to ascertain what WOULD have constituted slowing down sufficiently, given that the impact would have proved catastrophic even had Jules been travelling significantly slower. To make that judgement in a split second while driving an F1 car at speed in bad conditions while unaware of key pieces of information is just impossible.

RMcGeddon

December 06, 2014 5:55 PM

F1 » F1 Accident Panel: ‘Bianchi did not slow sufficiently’


"Bianchi did not slow sufficiently". One wonders just how he was expected to define "sufficiently". The track conditions were changing by the lap, there was more water on-track than the previous lap. Neither did Bianchi know what obstructions might have been on the track or runoff areas. In short, he was simply not in possession of the information necessary to define "suficiently". The rules apparently require the team to be able to prove that the driver's sector time was slower than previous laps. Bianchi therefore satisfied the demands of the rules. Clearly them, the demands of the rules are inadequate and need modifying. Don't forget these are RACING drivers, whose every instinct would be telling them to drive as quickly as possible while slowing by the bare minimum. It's not rocket science. It's what they're paid to do.

RMcGeddon

March 29, 2014 12:17 AM

F1 » Red Bull could risk FIA wrath again


@ProfessorX Yeah, I think you're moving more towards what should be the real issue. The FIA seem to be mandating new regulations with being able to provide a reliable and incontrovertible means of measuring conformance. That would seem to be both stupid and incompetent. Doubly so when the regulation appears as superfluous as this one. I struggle to understand quite what it is intended to add to an overall fuel limit anyway. F1 has become increasingly over-regulated over the last couple of decades and for me the 2014 regs have finally crossed the line between over-regulated and bloody farcical. I almost expect to see Brian Rix (Google will tell you) legging it down the pit lane one of these weekends, trousers round his ankles.

RMcGeddon

September 05, 2013 11:27 PM

F1 » Six of the Best: Italian Nearlymen


Nice article Crash. More like this please! Was privileged, many years ago to meet Elio do Angelis at Brands Hatch and found him every bit as charming as his reputation. Both Patrese and his career I think, suffered more damage than was generally understood as a result of the shabby treatment he received as a result of Ronnie Peterson's accident.


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