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October 06, 2014 5:41 PM

F1 » Bianchi 'critical but stable' after crash

The rear engined tractor unit brought into play a piece of equipment that couldn't have been better designed as a hazard to F1 cars than the 1970's armco gaps. I'm sure that FIA safety is not as amateurish as it seems which means the risk assessment for that vehicle was deficient. At many points at Susuka, and at other circuits, long jib mobile cranes are positioned. Operating behind the barriers they pose a much lower hazard/risk so what criteria does FIA use to approve the deployment of each type of equipment. Hopefully, unlike Canada last year, FIA will publish a full and detailed Board of Inquiry.


September 11, 2014 12:33 PM

F1 » FIA bans driver performance radio messages

Agreed. How do you differentiate between settings of the car that aren't advice on how to drive like say fuel consumption? FIA haven't even said what the problem is anyway. I thought the rule concerned communications which cut-out the diver from the loop. Are they going to ban all messages on pit boards as well. Of course their is a premium motorsport where this has been the case always - MOTOGP


March 22, 2014 5:07 PM

F1 » Teams were aware of sensor issue

What does the regulation say? Does it say Xkg/s OR Xkg/s as measured by the FIA Sensor? FIA, who are backing the Gill Sensor as infallible, though the teams don't think so, have not said why apart from a summary spec. sheet. Further data makes the reliability of the sensor more doubtful. FIA should declare what they have to check the calibration and adjust for the declared racefuel at the racetrack.


March 21, 2014 3:52 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: Fuel madness

Thank you for confirming what I, as an Instrument Engineer for over 30 years, suspected. With the required range of fuels, method selected, duty cycle, Gill were unlikely to be able to supply a sensor which remained in calibration for a race weekend, let alone a season. Certainly not within a few months as originally required. What is still missing from the knowledge base, is what the FIA scrutineers have at the track to check and re-calibrate each teams sensors. The hint is that RB and others were complaining, presumably compared to the actual telemetry of the PU ECU.


March 16, 2014 4:31 PM

F1 » Kobayashi escapes punishment for Massa crash

Why is it all commentators use an excuse that the 'electronic brakes' are implemented by the teams, although ERS is part of the Power Unit. I don't think they really know where the boundaries are or, apart from the energy levels, how the harvesting really differs from last years KERS. Should F1 really be using new technology (only to them?) technology in a critical system like braking? Drivers only direct (non electronic) control of the cars is now the steering (although even that relies on power assist). Watching the incident (without data log) the front wheels appear to lock, but not the rears. Could it have been Kobayashi was only getting front brakes and the rears neither mechanical or electrical. Did we have any such incidents under KERS?

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