Whiting blocks proposal to reduce pit lane speed limit

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Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Barcelona, 2012

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Barcelona, 2012

In the round-up: FIA race director Charlie Whiting rejects a proposal by teams to reduce the pit lane speed limit on safety grounds.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Plans to lower Formula 1 pit lane speed limit rejected by FIA (BBC)

“Most teams backed a proposal to lower the limit from 100kph (62mph) to 60 kph (37mph) in the interest of safety. But race director Charlie Whiting has told them he feels there is no need to make the change as there is no evidence that the current arrangement is unsafe.”

De la Rosa hopeful HRT can still run (Autosport)

“The fact is that the goal this day is to try and get to Sunday. The crash test was passed last Sunday, and since then the team has been building the car.”

Night, night Melbourne (The Age)

“We have a contract which we will respect – so up until 2015 we are in good shape. After then, we really don’t know. If we were to have a divorce from our friends in Melbourne we would probably be walking away from Australia.”

Q&A with Force India?s Nico Hulkenberg (F1)

“Q: Will your team mate Di Resta have an advantage?
NH: Yes, especially during the first races I guess. He?s used to the procedure of a race weekend, DRS, KERS etc… and I will have to find my rhythm again first. But this disadvantage will probably be gone after a few races.”

And now for something completely different (ESPN)

“[Kamui Kobayashi] also has strong views about Formula One’s shift to subscription TV channels, both in Japan and the UK. ‘It’s so stupid. Formula One is pretty popular in UK and Japan. When we go to the British Grand Prix and the Japanese Grand Prix we can see so many people. I think Japan is pretty important, because for such a long time many fans have followed Formula One, same in the UK. You ask the drivers and everybody if they like Japan and they say it is so nice and the fans are crazy [for the sport]. This is very important, you know.'”

Barrichello To Join IndyCar Series (Speed)

Rubens Barrichello will be named to drive for KV Racing in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series in a Thursday press conference in Brazil.”

Comment of the day

John H on the season ahead for the Red Bull drivers:

I think along with winning his second championship in 2011, Vettel also let us all know that he can actually overtake after all the criticism he received (sometimes correctly) in the past.

Some of his moves, in particular that on Alonso at Monza, were truly awesome and reminded us that at least part of the championship was won by not just driving off into the distance from pole.

In terms of Webber, unless he beats Vettel in 2012 I think this will be his last year at Red Bull and possibly in F1. I know it?s unlikely, I would really love him to win in Melbourne.
John H

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2012 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans car

2012 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans car

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On this day in F1

Nigel Mansell won the 1992 South African Grand Prix. Here’s the start of the first race of a season dominated by Mansell and Williams:


Listen out for James Hunt putting the boot into Riccardo Patrese before the season had even started. Ouch.

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93 comments on Whiting blocks proposal to reduce pit lane speed limit

  1. ben bailey said on 1st March 2012, 9:23

    I am amazed that all the comments are about the speed limitand what time the OZ is when far most interestingly and importantly we finally have a driver who is speaking out against pay to view TV. Kamui is absolutely spot on with his comments about Japan and UK fans and viewers.
    Are there no comments because we cant read to the end of the page before posting or because we have all resigned to paying Murdock several hundred pounds a year?
    I will not be paying which is a great shame for someone who has watched nearly every race since 1989!
    Keith can you run a story or poll on the uptake of Sky as a result of this deal and keep a very close eye on the viewing figures please.

    • nackavich (@nackavich) said on 1st March 2012, 9:39

      I think it’s probably because it’s “old news”, not in the regard that it’s not news, but people are tired of the fact that F1 just got that much more expensive for them.
      Essentially, there’s nothing the public can do to stop it and it’s been that way for a few months.

  2. My already high respect for Kobayashi has now rocketed even higher.

    He is one of the proper racers on the grid, one that doesn’t complain about something or someone behind the wheel, one that shuts up just drives and one that loves his fans.

  3. bplowry said on 1st March 2012, 11:49

    With regard to the COTD, @john-h, I’d be happy if Webber made the podium! Surely his best result at his home race should come in a Red Bull rather than a Minardi.

    And a reduction in the pit lane speed limit would, at the very least, make an in-lap slower than a normal racing lap at Silverstone. Those lap time graphs last year looked really strange.

  4. gwenouille (@gwenouille) said on 1st March 2012, 12:12

    In reaction to the video: wasn’t there any mean to avoid jump starts back in 1992 ? I mean i f you look closely, the 5th and 12th car started well before the Green light went on…

  5. coefficient (@coefficient) said on 1st March 2012, 12:19

    Well, I hope Whiting doesn’t acquire the required evidence this year. Mechanics do get his, there have been a few broken ankles in recent years if memory serves. I find it bizarre that this sort of move would be blocked really.

  6. Sean Newman said on 1st March 2012, 12:59

    Longer or no pitstops = better racing on track.

    The more pit stops can be slowed the better. One man working on the car would be great. Rules and tyres permitting this would also open up the opportunity for a driver to run the entire distance without a stop. Pit stops should not be necessary for good clearly followed racing. They are just a small sideshow to the real thing…wheel to wheel racing!

  7. Euro Brun (@eurobrun) said on 1st March 2012, 13:28

    As a “European”, I quite enjoy getting up early for a race. I’d much rather that than ‘late’ races like America / Canada / Brazil in the early evening UK time. But it’ll never work out fair.
    Last September I was on holiday in Australia and wanted to watch the Singapore race. I though, great, no getting up early seen as Singapore and Australia are similar time zones. Then i remembered it was a night race, so I ended up the only one still up at 3am in the morning for what ended up being quite a dull race. And for you guys, that’s a sunday night which ain’t great for work on Monday.

  8. Mike (@mike) said on 1st March 2012, 14:27

    It’s so stupid

    Kobayashi deserves comment of the month.

  9. Mike (@mike) said on 1st March 2012, 14:32

    Herald sun running articles designed to turn people against the GP.

    In large letters on the front page lies the title “Pay up or lose Melbourne GP – F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone “

  10. il Leone said on 1st March 2012, 19:21

    If this 60kph limit is to be introduced, I reckon it should be introduced for 2014 when the pitlane limiters are ran by electric motors.

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