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Do drivers sneeze?

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  • #128279
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    Enigma
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    During a practice session this weekend, someone on twitter asked @5live what happens if a driver has to sneeze during the race. Unfortunately it wasn’t answered, but made me wonder. As it’s nearly impossible to keep your eyes opened whilst sneezing, a driver could actually crash because of sneezing (I doubt you can drive through Eau Rogue with your eyes closed).

    Has this ever happened in any series?

    #148948
    Avatar of Prisoner Monkeys
    Prisoner Monkeys
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    Sebastian Vettel’s retirement in Korea was because he sneezed.

    #148949
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    Dan Thorn
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    I don’t think I’ve ever sneezed while driving on the road. I used to have epileptic blackouts when I was young, but they never happened when I used to drive round in fields. Perhaps it’s a focus thing.

    #148950
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    Ned Flanders
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    I always wondered what must happen when drivers get an eyelash stuck in their eye. Must be a nightmare!

    #148951
    Avatar of TrueF1Grit
    TrueF1Grit
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    Itchy Nose. Always wondered how much that would affect them…

    #148952
    Avatar of Polishboy808
    Polishboy808
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    Well, I’m not an F1 driver, but I race Go karts and have sneezed before on track. There is a difference though in sneezing in a 60 mph go kart and a 180 mph f1 car. Its annoying and can cause an accident, A kid sneezed while scrubbing his tires and lost it, jumping over a dirt mound and going into a fence. I sneezed on a straight and it didn’t do anything. But the worst is having an Eyelash stuck, its SOOOOOO annoying, and you cant focus at all! Sometimes you close that eye and hope for the best, but its still pretty bad.

    #148953
    Avatar of Red Andy
    Red Andy
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    Well we know that drivers have thrown up in their helmets before, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t sneeze. I don’t recall any F1 drivers attributing an accident to a poorly-timed sneeze, however. The most hilarious (albeit genuine) excuse for an accident was Johnny Herbert’s one year at Monza, where it transpired that a mechanic had left a spanner in the cockpit, which had wedged under the brake pedal!

    #148954
    Avatar of Ned Flanders
    Ned Flanders
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    (Shameless self promotion alert)

    I mentioned that in my weirdest retirements article. I thought Webber’s burnt bottom at Suzuka 04 was the best inconveniencing injury!

    #148955
    Avatar of Ratboy
    Ratboy
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    Also Ned didnt Nigel Mansell have a fuel leak into his car once that caused burns? or am I mistaken?

    #148956
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    Anonymous

    We do know that drivers puke *cough Mark Webber* but im not sure about sneeze

    #148957
    Avatar of Ned Flanders
    Ned Flanders
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    Yeah that did happen to Mansell, on his debut I think, but it didn’t cause him to retire. Heat burns are much worse than chemical burns of course

    #148958
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    Victor.
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    They don’t – they’re superhuman and have never experienced the sensation of sneezing :).

    #148959
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    electrolite
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    Ha! Can you imagine that as an excuse for retiring?

    “And we’re back at the pits with Ted now, talking to Trulli who’s just had his eighth retirement of the season…

    Yeah I was just accelerating out of turn eleven and some dust of the kerb got right in my helmet…”

    #148960
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    Felipe Bomeny
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    I think Piquet vomited at Las Vegas en route to the championship….

    Ironically, he predicted he’d vomit driving at Caesar’s Palace, and surely enough…..

    #148961
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    US_Peter
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    Las Vegas makes me vomit.

    …and not in a good way.

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