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In the round-up: The investigation into Michael Schumacher’s skiing crash which left him in a coma is looking into his helmet camera’s role in the impact.
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“Investigators believe that they may have found a reason for the seriousness of the crash. They think that his helmet camera could have actually worsened the blown, and caused the helmet to shatter into pieces.”
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Comment of the day
@Matt90 addresses some of Jacques Villeneuve’s recent criticisms of Formula One:
I have to say that Villeneuve seems to be over-doing it a bit. I’d rather he focused on DRS and the super-duper-mega-bonus-points-finale-extravaganza with more detail and reasoning than keep coming back to take repeated jabs at the sport which I reckon he is still a bit sore to have been excluded from.
There were turbo days with over 1,000 horsepower and now we’re down to ridiculously low horsepower.
Is that not a poor simplification? Does that make 1988 and following seasons much worse than those preceding them? With ERS this year’s engines aren’t going to be much less powerful than last year, but they’ll have far more torque anyway. Significantly, combined power should be the same or greater than Villeneuve’s championship-winning Williams…
There were turbo days with over 1,000 horsepower and now we’re down to ridiculously low horsepower. I don’t know, I really don’t get it. They’re barely faster than GP2 and they have a hard time beating our lap times from 1997 so something is wrong.
First off, on the few tracks which are near enough unchanged, 2013 F1 cars were 2-5 seconds quicker in terms of pole (and often fastest lap as well) when compared to 1997. That doesn’t sound like a ‘hard time beating’ them. I could perhaps forgive this comment from Villeneuve if he was talking about average race pace due to nursing tyres. But he explicitly links it to modern engine power, which suggests that he is indeed talking about outright lap time.
If he’s talking about 2014 cars in general (which it doesn’t sound like anyway, as he isn’t using the future tense to indicate teams will struggle this year only), then he needs to realise that a substantial aerodynamic and engine change is obviously going to slow the cars down to begin with, as similar changes often have in F1.
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On this day in F1
Christian Fittipaldi, the only one of the team’s two drivers to be confirmed at that point, shook down the new car at Silverstone.
Meanwhile Pacific, one of the two new entrants for the forthcoming season, gave their first F1 car its maiden run at Snetterton on the same day. Their two drivers Bertrand Gachot and Paul Belmondo each sampled the PR01.
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