The last in our series looking at F1 technologies that were banned looks at one innovation that the governing body were surely right to get rid of. Indeed, had they stepped in more quickly to rid the sport of ground effect cars, a series of terrifying crashes might have been avoided – and lives might … Continue reading Banned! Ground effect
Max Mosley is on a mission: F1 must became the vanguard of environmentally friendly car technology. Mosley wants F1 to be a showcase for the world’s car manufacturers to display their environmental credentials. And he wants a radical set of F1 rules for 2011 to enshrine that. It’s deeply divisive and controversial. I agree with … Continue reading Green F1: Right idea, wrong approach
Lotus’ began developing active suspension in 1982. Ten years later an active suspension car run by a different team dominated world championship.
Not many F1 fans were disappointed when the news broke two weeks ago that traction control was being kicked out of the sport. But this is not the first time that traction control has been banned – last time it happened all kinds of problems arose, not least of which safety, policing and politics. Can … Continue reading Banned! Traction control
Over a pint a former Tyrrell mechanic once told me where the idea came for the hideous ‘X-wings’ that the team brought to the sport came from. This was in 1997, at which point the team was in its death throes – the last year in which boss Ken Tyrrell was still at the helm. … Continue reading Banned! X-wings
For one example of an F1 engine technology that was dismissed at first, went through a difficult gestation, and then became ubiquitous, look no further than the turbo engines that defined F1 racing in the 1980s.
Of all the exotic technologies to be banned from Formula 1 through the years, four wheel steering could perhaps be the only innovation to have been developed after it was outlawed. The FIA made clear early in 1993 that ‘driver aids’ would be banned for 1994. A range of technologies were included in that all-encompassing … Continue reading Banned! Four wheel steering
On 9th October 1991 Max Mosley defeated incumbent FIA President Jean Marie Balestre by 43 votes to 29. In the 16 years that have passed with Mosley at the helm the sport has changed dramatically in character. But has it changed for the better? Has Formula 1 been efficiently and professionally managed under Mosley’s stewardship? … Continue reading Debate: Your verdict on Max Mosley
The collision between David Coulthard and Alexander Wurz in yesterday’s Australian Grand Prix left me wondering what direction F1 car safety might take in the future.
As is now customary, the sporting rules have had a shake-up ahead of the new season. The changes range from the seismic (like engine homologation) to tiny acts of bureaucratic house-keeping, tidying up the loose ends from past instances when FIA President Max Mosley was let loose on the F1 sporting regulations. They have also … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: New rules at a glance
Changes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road circuit to make it suitable for Moto GP could see the removal of the famous banked final turn. The Speedway has proposed changes to the latter part of the road track, currently only used by Formula One for racing, so that motorbike racers would not have to negotiate … Continue reading Indianapolis to axe banking from F1 circuit?
The 1970s was the decade of outrageous innovation that produced some of the most unusual cars ever to grace a racing circuit. Many were hideous failures that disappeared into obscurity. But Brabham’s ‘Fan Car’ did somewhat better, achieving a 100% victory rate. Which is to say it won one race, and then it was banned…
The banning of Renault’s mass dampers last year and the Michelin tyres in 2003 generated substantial press interest and controversy. In contrast the banning of beryllium and its alloys from F1 cars and, in particular, their engines did not.
Formula One is the pinnacle of motor racing, right? The fastest and most advanced racing cars in the world. That may be true, but you wonder how much faster the cars would be if it weren’t for the rafts of innovations that have been banned over the years. In in a new series we look … Continue reading Banned! – Flexi-wings
This is the official diagram showing the changes made to the Barcelona circuit, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, for the 2007 race. The penultimate bend, Europcar, has been tightened to allow for the insertion of a chicane on the approach to New Holland. As mentioned earlier on F1Fanatic the changes have been made to … Continue reading Changes to Barcelona for 2007 revealed
In the past week we picked the fifty best overtaking moves (see below if you missed them). The difficulty of passing a rival on the track in Formula One, and the perceived lack of it, comes up time and again in criticisms of the sport. But is it really that serious a problem? And if … Continue reading Overtaking: Too much or too little?
Coffee-table picture books about motor racing are ten a penny. So what makes this one special? As the title suggests the theme of the book is ‘then and now’, and each spread places two photographs from different periods side by side and compares the two. It’s a simply but effective approach that has produced an … Continue reading “Grand Prix Yesterday & Today” (Bruce Jones, 2006)
With the holiday season drawing in the F1 blogs have quietened down. But discussion still goes on about the future of Jacques Villeneuve, the Max Mosley vs GPDA safety row, and McLaren’s (ultimately successful) endeavours to get Fernando Alonso behind the wheel before the year was out. Read on for more.
The news of changes to the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, provokes a mixed reaction. The changes will affect the penultimate bend ‘Europcar’ which is taken at over 200kph (125mph), the intention being to make the corner slower and therefore safer. By doing this the challenging, high-speed turn Europcar … Continue reading More overtaking at Barcelona in ’07?
Only time will tell the damage Formula BMW has done to single seater motor sport. With excessive running costs (well in excess of ?âÔÇÜ?é?ú200,000 for a tilt at the title), questionable driving standards and underpowered cars with way too much grip which teach drivers little in the way of feel. But then again what’s do … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: Age Concern