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October 09, 2014 5:19 PM

F1 » Alonso urges F1 to consider closed-cockpits

In order for a closed cockpit to be strong enough to withstand a car landing on top or a roll over it would need to be incredibly strong, Not sure that this is the way to go, cockpit sides were raised some time ago. The first thing to do is to ensure tractors or the like have suitable protection and that the regs are amended for very wet conditions. Knee-jerk reaction is not what is required, this was a freak accident and serious level headed thought is needed to come to a workable solution.


October 06, 2014 2:06 PM
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F1 » Raikkonen: ‘Is it safe ever?’

Richard , You contradict yourself "Sutil's car was not located in a dangerous position", I beg to differ on the very next lap Bianchi crashed at the same place. Also the fact that most drivers had no problem is irrelevant, clearly these two did which is why I believe the saftey car should have been out especially as the marshalls appeared to be having trouble getting Sutil's car out of the way. Anyway whatever we think somebody has been very gravely injured and this should have been avoided.


October 06, 2014 1:35 PM

F1 » Raikkonen: ‘Is it safe ever?’

I would expect Raikonnen to take the hard line but the facts speak for themselves, Sutil crashed yet the safety car was not used, the weather deteriorated rapidly in the last few laps and since the minimum number of laps for a full points score had passed what was the point of not red flagging the race earlier. In addition given all of the safety measures that are in place why are tractors allowed on the track with no form of crash protection?


October 07, 2014 1:05 PM

F1 » Smedley: Closed F1 cockpits ‘very easy to implement’

I'm not keen on the idea and it wouldn't have helped Bianchi anyway, of more immediate importance is why with all of the safety technology put in place, recovery vehicles have been allowed on the track with no crash protection whatever. Given how thorough they have been was this just an oversight? Going back to the closed cockpit issue, clearly in order to withstand another car landing on top or a rollover where the rollbar digs into the ground they would need to be very substantial. I can forsee them looking very like LMP1 cars minus the wheel covers, perhaps that is the way to go but I don't believe we need any kneejerk reaction from the FIA, this accident as bad as it was, was a oneoff and should be treated as such.


October 02, 2014 12:34 PM

F1 » McLaren ‘the best option’ in F1 for Button

Until we know if Alonso is joining Mclaren it is all just speculation. If he does there will be a vacancy at Ferrari so maybe a straight swop is on the cards. Button has had talks with Ferrari in the past and has stated that he would like to drive for Ferrari before he retires. The only other option is retirement and Button has said he wants to drive for several more seasons.


September 29, 2014 2:15 PM

F1 » McLaren ‘coming back to the top’ of F1

We've been hearing this for two years now and they still haven't got anywhere near the top, also there seems to be an expectation that the Honda engine is automatically going to propel them to the front. I doubt very much whether next season will be anymore productive than the past two, Mclaren have a problem with their design team and until that is eradicated they will continue to lag behind Mercedes/Red Bull and Ferrari. Until they sign a top three driver (probably in 2016/7) they will struggle to get the best out of what they have, as good as Button is on his day, his day does'nt come very often, they need Alonso/Hamilton whoever to get the best results. Assuming the car and Honda engine are up to scratch it will be several years before they are really in the mix.


September 30, 2014 12:54 PM

F1 » Boullier sees promising signs at McLaren

He's obviously got very long vision because these promising signs have been just that for the past two seasons. I understand that he has to talk up their prospects but it is getting a bit repetitive to say the least, despite what RD has said they are no nearer winning a race then they were 18 months ago, true the car has improved but so has everybody else so they are really just standing still. If the optimism over the Honda engine proves to be misplaced they wll remain where they are mid grid and no real chance of moving forward. In short it going to need a near miracle to drag them up to the front and I for one don't believe in miracles.


September 25, 2014 6:28 PM

F1 » McLaren needs six months to prepare third F1 entry

It just means that there would be three uncompetitive Mclarens clogging up the midfield!!!! Seriously though they will need to do something if teams drop out although there already is one new team and another in preparation so the problem may not be as large as anticipated. The problem lies much deeper for until there is an agreement on cost reduction no team with a budget of a fraction of the big four is ever going to have a chance. Unfortunately I don't think this will ever happen so perhaps it would just be better if the top four ran six cars each and forget the others, daft I know but when has there ever been any common sense applied in F1?


September 24, 2014 12:43 PM

F1 » McLaren ‘definitely moving forward’

Too little too late, the car is still way off the pace and it's taken them all season to have a proper shot at sixth place hardly the stuff dreams are made of. Button is between a rock and a hard place, nowhere to go to and his boss offering his drive to just about anybody who might be interested, problem for RD is that top drivers demand the best and Mclaren have'nt been able to produce it and I don't believe next season will be much better, if Button stays it will be another lost season droning round in tenth place complaining of no downforce and lack of grip, perhaps RD should have a shot at driving he might just get the picture then.

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