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9th November 2012, 13:49 at 1:49 pm
Here’s another thing that’s really spoiled the 2012 season for me – some absolutely terrible driving standards. I haven’t got figures to back this up, but I get the impression that this year has seen the highest ever number of utterly pointless, avoidable tangles where drivers end up bumping into each other and/or running off the track. It’s telling that the top drivers seem able to race properly without suffering these blunders, while a great number seem unable to race wheel to wheel. I think there are a fair few reasons for this which need looking at
Track Layout – these incidents almost always seem to happen on chicanes. Chicane corners seem to have become one of the defining features of Tilke-dromes and they’re the areas where you always see these shunts. Ironic really, as they’re there to slow the cars down and improve safety. I think it’s the nature of the corners that the line changes priority from right to left, and vice versa, where you have a chicane, so there’s no correct entry for the corner, depending on whether the driver is prioritising the first or second corner of the chicane. There’s a sense then that neither driver has the definitive line going into the corner and so it’s hard to judge who is supposed to yield. Some drivers are sensible and leave a gap, but most seem to just point the car towards the apex and hope for the best.
Front Wing Design – This was one of the main concerns going into 2009; that you’d see loads of drivers losing their front wings on other people’s wheels. Interestingly, in 2009 this didn’t happen as much as predicted, however it has gotten a lot worse since then. While I wouldn’t say that the wing design was a de-facto cause, it certainly shows up any drivers taking liberties with special awareness problems. Unfortunately despite strict rules about endplate radii, these contacts often end up shredding tyres on the innocent party’s car.
Poor Driving Standards in the Lower Formulae – This, I believe, is the single biggest reason for the dreadful driving standards in F1 at the moment. You only need to watch a single GP2 race to see exactly the kind of behaviour that is ruining F1 racing. When two drivers go wheel to wheel, it’d be generous to say that the odds were 50/50 for it ending in a crash. Drivers are overly aggressive in these formulae and they’re allowed to get away with it. In my opinion the problem is addressed backwards – it shouldn’t get more restrictive as you go up the formulae, it should be strict in the lower formulae so drivers never pick up these habits in the first place. Drivers should arrive in F1 as a complete package, free of bad driving habits and with years of experience to draw upon. That doesn’t happen, and F1 is now becoming a learner series for drivers who have just a few years of experience driving single seaters. It’s a very sorry state of affairs and doesn’t bode well for the next generation of F1 drivers.
9th November 2012, 13:07 at 1:07 pm
One thing that hasn’t been mentioned but one disappointing thing for me was seeing Raikkonen and Vettel basically having a swearing competition on the podium in Abu Dhabi. I know a lot of people find that sort of thing hilarious but I think it’s pretty disrespectful to all the people watching. Saying naughty words is the kind of thing most people grow out of when they’re a teenager. Though I suppose that does excuse Vettel; he’s only 6
9th November 2012, 12:54 at 12:54 pm
Too many great moments this season to remember them all but here are the ones that stick in my head, in no particular order
7 winners from 7 gps
Rosberg finally wins a race
The best, most professional racing teams in the world being made to look very silly by tyres they just couldn’t understand
Williams finally getting back on the top step
The Valencia podium, and the scenes of Alonso stopping on the track and acknowledging the crowd while openly weeping at the emotion of it.
McLaren addressing their pitstop issues and setting a new record for servicing the car
Virtually everything about the Abu Dhabi GP – the tense qualifying, the unbelievable excitement while we waited to find out what would happen to Vettel, his spectacular drive through the field to stamp his authority on the championship, Kimi being Kimi, the return to winning form of Lotus and Raikkonen, Vettel’s pass on Button, the heartbreak of watching Hamilton once again being denied a good result by machanical trouble… It was one of the most intense race weekends I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching.
There are loads more. I reckon this will be looked back upon as one of the best seasons of the modern era.
And of course, the best is yet to come – Vettel and Alonso lining up level on points in Brazil, with the championship being decided by a daring final-lap overtake. By Alonso. probably.. maybe….
7th November 2012, 15:59 at 3:59 pm
Hmmmm so the real facts of the story are that he said he’d been offered the chance to join Red Bull’s young driver programme but decided to decline because he wanted to retain the freedom to choose which teams he joined in the future. Doesn’t sound particularly unreasonable from either party really, when you think about it.
Just more Red Bull haters trying to create a story where there isn’t one. I wonder why Red Bull attract this kind of nonsense.
21st October 2012, 8:34 at 8:34 am
Dropped back a bit through pit stops and caution periods but still managed to finish 6th overall. They were then promoted to 5th post race after a p2 car was disqualified. All in all a brilliant result for Nissan, Highcroft, and Ben Bowlby. Good to see another great performance from Ordonez as well, proving that playing computer games isn’t always a complete waste of time!
20th October 2012, 20:58 at 8:58 pm
Currently running in P4 after a pitstop. One lap down on p3 and running very strongly. 4th would hugely exceed anyone’s expectations, but a podium would really blow the roof off.
Still, plenty of laps left, anything could happen.
19th October 2012, 14:37 at 2:37 pm
Looks like they’ve managed to repair it so there should be no problems with it running at PLM
18th October 2012, 9:49 at 9:49 am
They’re reporting that the Porsche driver basically got out on the kerb under full throttle and was going into a spin when it hit the DW. The impact was recorded as having a force of 7G on the little prototype, so it was definitely no small nudge!
I don’t think there’s anything there really to suggest that there’s a stability issue with the design. it was hit from the side with 7G of force while turning a corner. It was also going over a crest at the time, where the tendency is for the car to go light anyway. This combination of factors will have caused the roll. But I don’t think there’s anything there that wouldn’t have happened had the DW been a conventional prototype. If anything, it seemed to stay close to the ground where a rectangular footprint prototype would likely have launched higher into the air. The only real concern is the head protection, but since the driver walked away unharmed it’s hard to argue that it’s inadequate.
18th October 2012, 9:36 at 9:36 am
It does look horrible, and there probably is an argument for a closed cockpit there. But the rollover protection did do its job regardless and the driver walked away.
If there’s one issue with the DeltaWing I think it’s the fact it’s not that easy to see. The stealth look may look cool but I do wonder whether it would be a bit more visible if it was white. Maybe it also needs some kind of verticle spat on the nose so that people can see it a bit easier.
However, what the Porsche driver did there was absolutely inexcusable.
18th October 2012, 9:17 at 9:17 am
Problem for the DeltaWing is that if it flips, crashes, gets hit by another driver, or whatever, people are always going to blame it on the unusual design. Prototypes do flip over very easily unfortunately; just look at the TS030 crash from Le Mans this year, or the Audis from the year before. Sadly for the DeltaWing there seem to be no end of people desperate for some excuse to say it’s a bad design.
Fact is, the guy in the Porsche is responsible for what happened. Complete brain fade moment.
16th October 2012, 13:36 at 1:36 pm
There’s a pretty spot-on article on Autosport (subs only) about this, basically saying it’s a monumental mistake for Ford to pull out right now. The Fiesta WRC looks like being the class of the field, and Loeb has effectively said he won’t be contesting the title next year. These two facts mean that next year will be the best chance for Ford in probably over a decade to secure both championships. And they’re pulling a plug with a great little race car in the garage. Smacks of Honda pulling out of F1 at the end of 2008 doesn’t it..
16th October 2012, 12:28 at 12:28 pm
I guess I’m probably in a tiny minority here, but I can’t say that I’m very enthusiastic about this idea. To me it seems like a step towards increasing homogenisation in motorsports. I love that there are hundreds of different racing categories around the world, each producing these incredible, unique racing machines. Merging categories means less diversity, and less room for creativity.
I appreciate that the big driver behind a lot of the changes recently is one of cost, but I still feel desperately sad at the merging and exclusion of various GT classes over the past few years which lead to the demise of the mighty Corvette C6.R GT1. While I do see the appeal of seeing the likes of Mercedes go up against Nissan and vice versa, I do worry that it removes something from their respective formulae which made them unique.
15th October 2012, 22:37 at 10:37 pm
It would be a hell of an about-turn for RBR to emply anyone from outside of their own Young Drivers programme. That programme is extremely comprehensive and designed specifically to find the next generation of world champions. Their last one graduated to F1 in 2007. If they haven’t found another one by 2014, that’ll be 7 years without producing top level talent. I find that difficult to believe, with the resources they put into the programme.
18th September 2012, 15:15 at 3:15 pm
Yeah, how dare they consider their lives more important than our entertainment. Bunch of pansies. They should count themselves lucky they even get helmets. if I had my way I’d make them drive on two metre wide tracks on cars with no bodywork whatsoever, with a sheer drop on each side into a pit full of spikes made out of sharks.
Literally the only thing that I find appealing about Formula One is the prospect that I might get to see a person’s head torn open and its contents smeared across the road like a careless hedgehog. If you remove that danger then, well, frankly you can count me out!
(there may be some slight sarcasm in the previous statement)
18th September 2012, 10:09 at 10:09 am
One thing not mentioned above is that the DeltaWing(s) running in the ALMS next year won’t be the prototype which ran at Le Mans or at the Petit LM. The prototype uses one of the two chassis’ built by Prodrive for their abortive AMR-One programme, whereas these new production DeltaWings will have their own custom chassis designed from the ground up.
The original DeltaWing prototype was developed as a potential IndyCar replacement, and as such it was built with a single-seat style tub. When they modified the concept for LM, they chose to buy a chassis which had already been homologated as it would mean they wouldn’t have to go through the crash test procedure which would have been impossible to get through in time for Le Mans 2012. Now with a bit of time available ahead of ALMS 2013, they’re able to fully develop the concept so you can expect an even better car to be rolled out for next year.
The idea of seeing multiple DeltaWings racing side by side gives me goosebumps.
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