The best reason to have a safety car on track in safety car situations is that a safety car driver has a much higher vantage point than anyone driving an F1 car. The driver of the safety car can thus see potential hazards (and if the safety car is out, it is known the track is not in a safe state) much sooner and drive around them more easily. This decreases the likelihood of significant changes in direction in the snake, making it safer for the drivers.
Mansell and Senna on the last two laps of the 1986 Spanish Grand Prix looked incredible, though I admit to being a bit too young to have seen it first-hand. Still, even when I knew what happened the racing was still incredibly tense.
Brundle himself admits he underperformed. He was a little unlucky with injuries, having had a couple of big crashes, but he never really looked like an upper echelon driver – consistent and fairly quick, a slightly worse version of Nick Heidfeld.
Brundle rarely had a car truly capable of winning a race – 1992 in Benetton, when he was close to a match for the young Schumacher, was the closest he came, and the only Benetton win that year (Spa) was caused by a mixture of rain and a misfiring Renault engine.
I think Brundle would have won races with Benetton in subsequent years had they not dropped him in favour of Patrese.
I’m Stuart, 25 and finishing a doctorate in Materials Science at Cambridge. Much of my work is related to the behaviour of carbon fibre composites so I’ve occasionally looked at trying to get a job in the motorsports industry after I submit my thesis, but it probably won’t happen.
I’ve been watching F1 on and off since 1990, I’m still upset about the banning of active suspension, and I’ve spent a fair amount of time reading through the sport’s history. It will rapidly become obvious that I’m a Jenson Button fan, having switched allegiance from Damon Hill on the latter’s retirement.