How Formula 1 can improve safety following the Heikki Kovalainen crash

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Heikki Kovalainen’s crash in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday was another major escape for F1. It came less than twelve months after Robert Kubica survived an accident of immense violence in last year’s Canadian Grand Prix. (See here for video of the Kovalainen crash). Although the lightness of the injuries to both drivers is … Continue reading How Formula 1 can improve safety following the Heikki Kovalainen crash

The Ben Evans Column: Taking safety seriously

Posted on | Author Ben Evans

I recently picked up a copy of Nigel Roebuck?s Inside Formula 1, a collection of his columns from the 1980s. He sticks to his usual themes: Villeneuve, Smoking, Villeneuve, evil left-wing politicians and Villeneuve. But as ever it?s worth keeping with it for the nuggets of pure gold. In particular I was drawn to his … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: Taking safety seriously

Traction control ban: Better races, less safe, more controversy?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

It’s been interesting to see how the drivers and teams reacted to last week’s test at which most (if not all) the teams tried running the cars with the standard electronic control unit for 2008 installed and the removal of traction control. Questions have been raised over safety and how hard it will be to … Continue reading Traction control ban: Better races, less safe, more controversy?

F1 teams to test slick tyres for possible 2009 return

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Formula 1 teams will conduct a four-day test on slick tyres in December at Jerez with a view to their re-introduction in 2009. Slick tyres were banned in F1 after the 1997 season as the FIA tried to constrain escalating cornering speeds by imposing the use of grooved tyres. Jerez is the last circuit at … Continue reading F1 teams to test slick tyres for possible 2009 return

Video: F1’s best circuit ruined?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

F1 makes it’s highly anticipated return to the fabulous Spa-Francorchamps circuit next month. But has the great track been dumbed down too far? At Eau Rouge the profile of the corner remains the same but re-surfacing, construction work and the installation of tarmac run-off have made the bend less of a challenge. As this video … Continue reading Video: F1’s best circuit ruined?

Daily Telegraph rates F1 death crashes ‘top video’ (updated)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The Daily Telegraph picked footage of crashes that killed two people as the second best video on the internet. This morning’s Telegraph links to a Youtube compilation of F1 crashes that include footage of the incidents in which Paulo Ghislimberti and Garahm Beveridge were killed. Ghislimberti died after a multiple car crash at the start … Continue reading Daily Telegraph rates F1 death crashes ‘top video’ (updated)

Debate: Was Hamilton’s restart legal?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Adrian Sutil and Scott Speed all found themselves in the gravel on the outside of turn on after a downpour at the start of last weekend’s race. Button, Rosberg, Liuzzi, Sutil and Speed all retired. Hamilton waited in the car with his engine turned on, got dragged … Continue reading Debate: Was Hamilton’s restart legal?