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February 26, 2015 3:47 AM

F1 » Max Yamabiko: Grounding the Alonso crash conspiracy theories

"But to get an electric shock while sat inside the car would be highly unlikely (though not impossible) because the car is sat on four perfect insulators, the tyres. A quick Google video search of 'Faraday cage car' will show you how good tyres are at insulating from very high voltages indeed." This quote from the article is a complete red herring. If I were to sit in an F1 car with four perfectly good tyres and licked a 9V battery my tongue would still get a shock. Take your typical car that's negative ground chassis, it's only negative with respect to the battery's positive terminal nothing else. Not the road, not the power lines, nothing else. If you were to make it a positive ground like some old english cars, the chassis is only positive with respect to the battery negative, not the outside ground or anything else. For FA to get a shock, he would have had to make intimate contact with two parts in his cockpit that were at a significant potential to each other which one would


February 24, 2015 9:43 PM

F1 » Max Yamabiko: Grounding the Alonso crash conspiracy theories

SoSlo: i assume everybody knows when i say downed power line i mean one that is live
Yes, but " would be the same if he grabbed a downed power line while sitting inside the car, he'd still be shocked.." was the bit you got wrong, unless you meant a crashed car where conductive bits were in contact with the ground. As has been pointed out, there has to be a difference in potential between two points and a path for the current to flow. If the throttle pedal became a significantly higher potential than the seat and FA had sweaty boots and a sweaty ar$e then he could have received a shock?


December 11, 2014 10:56 PM

MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE Mike Webb (MotoGP Race Director) - Q&A

The "problem" with a level playing field is that if you roll the same group of 16 different balls down the field the same way each round they'll get to the end in the pretty much same order every time. The "level playing field" that organisers want is one with specifically placed bumps to to slow down the faster balls and speed up the slower ones so they they all have the same chance of reaching the end at the same time.


November 11, 2014 11:58 PM

MotoGP » Jack Miller: It’s out of this world!

Tim Watts:Taking this a little further, Stoner won two championships on two different makes of bike by the age of 28. This lends far more support to the argument that Stoner had talent and that is what Dorna wanted in motoGP.
Nope, Dorna wanted Stoner playing the "bad guy" and getting beaten every race. That would make great entertainment. Dorna did not want another talented Aussie handing Spanish riders their @r$$e$ every weekend like Doohan used to do.


October 29, 2014 11:03 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Mistake to leave Yamaha over No.1 status

The only mistake Rossi made was believing the BS being spouted that the Ducati was the best bike and Stoner was a whinging crasher. He realised that mistake the first time he hopped on the bike and went 2 sec slower than Stoner went on it the day before. The only thing that saved Rossi's bacon is that he's very popular and that popularity puts money into the pockets of people that decide who sits on which bike. business is business, and anyone disagreeing with that probably thinks Jack Miller is getting a MotoGP ride on talent alone as well...


October 20, 2014 4:55 AM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi wins dramatic Australian MotoGP

Before the world explodes is a Rossi love-in, think of this. In 2013 Yamaha and Honda won 9 rounds each. In 2014 Yamaha is sitting at 4 wins and Honda on 12 with two rounds to go. So ask yourselves this question. Has throwing it's support behind Rossi helped Yamaha's competitiveness or should have they stuck with Lorenzo's direction? There's no argument throwing support behind Rossi has made sense economically but results wise it's been a poor year...


October 20, 2014 10:36 PM
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MotoGP » Valentino Rossi wins dramatic Australian MotoGP

Motojunky: You don't think it has anything to do with the fact that MM is something special, and after winning in his rookie year, has learnt a lot more, and is better this year? Or that the Honda may have a better bike ? No I didn't think so. Just heap all your worthless stats at slagging Rossi. Oh, and I bet Yamaha are a little bit dissapointed at having 3 of their bikes on the Podium at PI.
I genuinely though MM was a manufactured champion in Moto2 but his dominance in MotoGP has been surprising. But I stand by my original comments that Yamaha has had a poor year results wise and if you take the Aragon and Phillip Island results out of the picture where Honda was leading convincingly when MM made stupid mistakes, then it looks even worse for Yamaha. If Yamaha racing are happy with how they ended up with 3 bikes on the podium then they are very deluded and short sighted. Yamaha marketing is probably doing cartwheels...


October 19, 2014 11:37 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: I was trying to win Doohan style!

LiVio: Im not really a fan of all these records point scores etc .Race schedule has increased a lot so lorenzos points of 2010 are not comparable to say doohans 1997 season as he could take 75 points more! Also mick won 12 from 15 races so already what marquez does is irrelevant .
Spot on LiVio. Marc has won 11 races from 16 starts.. Mick won 12 from 15 starts... Not to take anything away from Marc, But fair is fair.. Had mick had another 3 races, only then could we have compared.
Yes. Maybe Doohan's record needs to be re-worded to "Won all but three races in a season". That'd future proof it :-)


October 07, 2014 10:42 PM

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

Just to inject a dose of (un)reality into the mix. In Australia, if you were to hire one of those JCB's', fit some crash protection to it and anybody were to hurt themselves within 100yards of it then you'd spend the rest of your life in court dealing with workplace health and safety as to why a piece of equipment was modified. You'd need every "T" crossed and "i" dotted with engineers reports and letters from the manufacturer but I still don't think you could modify one in any way shape or form and not be exposed in some legal way.


October 07, 2014 4:49 AM

F1 » Bianchi 'critical but stable' after crash

Looking at the Suzuka circuit from Google earth, that Green flag at station 12 would have been nearly unsighted by Bianchi at the point he would have lost it to end up in the fence. Most certainly the big yellow JCB would have been much more visible than the green flag after. It's quite possible he simply didn't see the waved yellows for that part of the circuit, or he did see them and didn't exercise enough caution and got caught out by whaterver caught out the other car. It tends to make sense that both drivers may have lost it at about the same part of the track to end up in the same spot. Puddle of water or stream across the track?? What will the FIA do for the next round in Sochi? Safety car when recovery vehicles are inside the circuit barriers untll the recovery vehicles can be made safer to crash into? Marc Marquez received a penalty for failing to exercise due caution in MotoGP for crashing in practice at a corner where marshalls were helping a fallen rider while yellow

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