I think he was knocked out. After the initial impact he made no attempt to maneuver or slow down his car before he hit the red tire wall. His interview with Lee once he got back to the pits was telling, too — he sounded a bit loopy and couldn’t remember the details of the incident at all. And, if you listen closely, one of his handlers cut the interview short. My guess is that they realized he was a bit out of it.
Lake Merritt Circuit, Oakland, California:
If I have some time tomorrow I’ll try to make one for San Francisco, but thinking about the streetcar tracks and the cable car tracks and the steepness of the hills… It’d be quite easy to wreck an F1 car in SF, even if you keep it on the road!
3. Maldonado and Petrov
Can I put in a last minute prediction for question #3?
I’m going to say it’ll be lap 5.
Man, I need to get some solid points in this week…
Not necessarily, Icthyes. Alonso was starting to have a lot of trouble with his tires the lap before the safety car and Vettel didn’t have much rubber left either. With the huge gap between 3rd and 4th, you’d have to imagine that if either one fell back they’d have pitted for a new set to avoid any unnecessary accidents caused by lack of grip.
Also, the less rubber that is left on the tire, the harder it is to warm it up and keep it warm. Even with the blankets on during the stoppage, they would have finished the race in a worse state than if they raced straight to the end.
All I want to see is somebody other than Codemasters developing it. Give us a real sim, FIA!
1. Softer, Harder, Harder, Softer
2. All veteran drivers will out-qualify their teammates
3. I’ll go for the big upset here: Sauber
John Surtees in the ’67 Italian Grand Prix.
Pretty good, really liked the Team Lotus guys and their hi-tech method of getting the fuel tank in! And was that Coulthard driving around Silverstone?
I wish the show had some better writing, though…
“So this stuff is really stronger than steel?”
“Yes, it is much stronger than steel.”
“Wow, I can’t believe this stuff is stronger than steel!”
2002, Monza, Montoya