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October 10, 2014 12:01 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: F1 goes cock-a-hoop

I'm not a fan of closed cockpits. Considering they really wouldn't make that much of a difference. If you look at Bianchi's crash for example, the way which the car hit the tractor meant that even if there was a closed cockpit the impact would have had a similar effect, if not made it even worse by making it harder to remove the driver from the car. F1 has always been an open cockpit formula, and that's how it should stay. Closed cockpits would completely change the dynamics of the sport in a negative way. Bianchi's crash was just a freak accident, nobody has died in a F1 car for over 20 years. They are still one of the safest places to be.


October 10, 2014 12:32 PM
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F1 » Kate Walker: F1 goes cock-a-hoop

Taipan: I agree closed cockpit wouldn't have helped Jules. But think about Alonso's near miss at Spa or Felipe's accident, a couple of inches either way on those occasions and we could have had 2 deaths recently.
That's true. For Alonso's crash I don't think closed cockpits would have helped, had Grosjeans car landed right on top of a closed cockpit. But in terms of Massa's incident, then yes a closed cockpit would have made a difference. For me though, I just can't imagine a closed cockpit (something so small, and something that has to still provide visibility for drivers, meaning not many support beams) could protect against serious impacts. But for debris, then yes a closed cockpit would help. But also Massa's incident was a freak one too, and we seldom see heavy items flying into cockpits in F1. Small debris (such as tyre marbles and stones) can be handled with a helmet just fine. I understand your point though Taipan.


October 05, 2014 11:06 AM

F1 » Sutil: Safety car should have been deployed

Sutil did a great job in that interview not to say anything which the media could twist into a headline. Very composed for somebody who was speaking a second language. In terms of the crash, a safety car should have been deployed in those conditions. On a dry track double waved yellows would have been fine, but in heavy rain especially on THAT corner, we should have seen a safety car.

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