The new safety car rules are an improvement but could still go wrong

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

The final 2009 F1 rules published by the FIA a few weeks ago revealed that the much-derided ??pit lane closure? rule, which ruined several drivers’ races in 2007 and 2008, is finally being dropped. But today the it has revealed that instead of returning to the pre-2007 safety car rules, drives (and fans) will have … Continue reading The new safety car rules are an improvement but could still go wrong

Drivers will not get penalties for pitting during a safety car period in 2009

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Alianora la Canta’s rigorous analysis of the 2009 sporting rules turned up a surprising and un-announced change. The ‘pit lane closure’ rule has been dropped. The controversial rule required the pit lane to be declared closed at the beginning of a safety car period, and any driver who pitted during that time received a penalty. … Continue reading Drivers will not get penalties for pitting during a safety car period in 2009

F1 2009: 10 questions for the off-season

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

As the 2008 F1 season ends on a high we now look forward to what should be one of the most fascinating off-seasons for many years. With radical changes to the technical rules, fraught political tension between the rule-makers and the teams, and two holes suddenly appearing in the calendar, these are the questions that … Continue reading F1 2009: 10 questions for the off-season

Luca di Montezemolo is right: F1’s safety car rules are humiliating for the sport

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo was not impressed by the role the safety car had to play in Singapore: When we race on tracks where staging a circus or something else would be better, anything can happen, because the spectacle is supplied by the Safety Car. This is humiliating for F1. Montezemolo may be sore about … Continue reading Luca di Montezemolo is right: F1’s safety car rules are humiliating for the sport

Why do million-dollar F1 drivers keep making mistakes at red lights?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton would be best advised to skip today’s newspapers. Unless he wants to read several unfortunate comparisons between his father’s prang in a Porsche last week and his crash with Kimi Raikkonen in the pits (see video here). Hamilton is not the only F1 driver to have messed up at a red light in … Continue reading Why do million-dollar F1 drivers keep making mistakes at red lights?

Has the FIA superlicence price hike caused a split within the GPDA?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Something odd is going on with the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association at the moment. There have been stories going around since last year about some of its members being unhappy that certain drivers haven’t joined what is effectively the drivers’ union. The driver mentioned most often has been Lewis Hamilton, who over the weekend denied … Continue reading Has the FIA superlicence price hike caused a split within the GPDA?