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January 17, 2016 10:47 AM

F1 » Ecclestone: Female drivers wouldn’t be taken seriously

Bernie once remarked that woman should wear white, to match all of the other kitchen appliances. His attitudes better represent a century long past. The top three GP2 drivers each year are taken seriously but sponsorship dollars seem to matter more than talent and many never make the final step to F1. If a female driver finished in the top three in GP 2 I suspect there would be a great deal of interest in seeing her take the next step to F1.


January 16, 2016 11:33 AM

F1 » Todt careful in safety canopy investigations

First consider the past accidents to determine if a canopy would have made a difference. Massa and Justin Wilson's? Yes, but so too would a windscreen have prevented the debris and without enclosing the cockpit for exit. Also, windscreens are more vertical than a canopy and the visibility in glare and rain would be much better. Bianchi's? No difference at all as it was the massive sudden deceleration that caused his eventually fall injuries. Senna's? Yes a canopy would have helped prevent the intrusion of the suspension piece but raising the cockpit sides addressed that safety issue. Personally, I watch F1 because it is open wheel and open cockpit racing. Closing the wheels (even partially like Indycar) or closing the canopy would change the formula too dramatically for my liking. would I accept it for safety? Sure, but I do not think the case has been made that demands a closed canopy over other solutions.


January 17, 2016 7:03 PM

F1 » Ecclestone: Female drivers wouldn’t be taken seriously

I raced Karts for many years and during those years I can only recall three young women choosing to compete. For whatever reason, motor racing at the grass roots level is largely a male vocation. So, of all the karters I raced with, only a few of us made it to another level and one, Scott Campbell, won a karting world championship. Not surprisingly, none of the three young women made the next step due to the law of averages and that only a talented few move up from the hundreds at the grass roots. And this ladder of possibility becomes even more difficult as you move to the higher classes. Yes, women like Danica have had moderate success but her talent is limited compared with the men of her sport. The last truly great female racer I recall was Michelle Mouton who won four WRC races and finished second in the rally championship in the early 80's. I can only imagine the incredible marketing support that would immediately be available for a woman of talent in GP2 to enter F1. But the foc


January 18, 2016 3:02 PM

F1 » Williams should drop Mercedes for Honda - Hill

I think Honda will come good but I question the arrangement with McLaren. Do they not receive the factory status? I suspect so. With rule changes pending for the future but with hybrid technology like here to stay, I think Williams might be better off trying to lure another manufacture like Hyundai into the sport, who are quickly becoming known for their hybrid models. Or, perhaps Cosworth might be considered.


January 16, 2016 11:43 PM

F1 » FIA confirms refuelling could return to F1

Actually, refuelling did result in a few (very few) improvements to some races. However, more aggressive tire choices would be required to make refuelling meaningful. Teams would need to be allowed to run super soft only tires to take advantage of the lighter weight and likely the need for an additional pit stop. If the tire requirements remain then refuelling is pointless.

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