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March 20, 2015 8:23 PM

F1 » Do Honda’s issues harm more than just McLaren?

This article tries to blur two issues into one and come to a conclusion that states the engine rules are too complex and may drive the manufactures away. As noted by several above, the new engine formula kept Renault and Mercedes and lured Honda back. VW is taking a sniff and Renault may go for a works team. Clearly the complexity has not deterred entries. One race for the McLaren with a clearly detuned engine is not a great body of information to declare failure. I fully expect they will be on par with most of the teams and possibly fighting with Williams and Ferrari by mid-season. Time will tell but certainly time is required. Are the rules too complex? For whom? For me? Yes, I would prefer the V8's but this isn't going to happen. Therefore I would next prefer 2.75 Litre V6's with no rev limits and 150 litres of fuel. Still not going to happen. Hybrid technology? Well, perhaps opening it up to allow other possibilities such as compressed air instead of batteries would be interesting


March 22, 2015 10:45 PM

F1 » Fernando Alonso set for health assessment

Nascar, Indycar, and F1 use what is essentially the ImPACT test (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). Drivers are first tested when healthy and results compared to their post crash performance. Variances mean exclusion from the race. As a kart racer I had none of the former, however, my reactions were assessed agains the norm and the decision to participate in karting and mountain bike racing was made based on the results. People can suffer major blows to the head and receive minor or no concussion, and they can receive a slight blow and be majorly concussed. In Fernando's case he lost consciousness, was confused, and likely failed his first ImPACT (FIA equivalent) test causing him to miss Australia. His time in the simulator likely indicated his reactions were good and his ability to focus without headache was likely another positive indicator. I hope all is well and he is back for Malaysia.


March 22, 2015 10:34 PM

F1 » Fernando Alonso set for health assessment

I raced shifter karts for years, and was concussed, and I know the protocol. Reaction time has everything to do with it as it indicates other apparent and not so apparent problems in the brain. The racing communities of F1, Indycar, etc. have very similar and thorough processes in place and these have nothing to do with pushing one's self for a day or two before taking the reaction component of the test. Alonso is following the medically recognized protocols and these are thorough and conclusive.

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