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Motoracing fans used to spout this a lot, the connotations being clear: “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” Ernest Hemingway View
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8th December 2011, 16:41 at 4:41 pm
I’ve got to say I’m digusted by the whole debacle. Feel the BBC, those running it and those attacking it as an institution have let us down. Going to be streaming what races I’m able to watch next year (going to be away for most of it). Sky are a hideos coporation with awful partners and I’ll never give any of them a penny if I can help it.
It’s a shame but I guess I’ll be watching a lot less F1 from here on out. Never thought I’d say that but to be honnest I’m so gutted by the whole thing I feel kind of apathetic to next season anyway. More than that, I’d expect this to be the begining of the end anyway, Sky will keep increasing their grip till they’ve got it all.
22nd November 2011, 22:51 at 10:51 pm
@MagJeff. As close to number two as can be managed. Otherwise, it’s just another car innit.
7th November 2011, 16:40 at 4:40 pm
Do we have a MotoGP group?
26th October 2011, 12:10 at 12:10 pm
No new winners this year obviously, but it depends, as usual on the cars. SO for next year, quite honestly, I don’t see any change, this generation should dominaite for a while yet.
20th October 2011, 9:02 at 9:02 am
Probably but it shouldn’t. They’ve got the money Bernie wants the money, we know how that goes. Hopefully, it gets cancelled early and we go to Turkey.
Really enjoyed starting in Australia this year, back where it belongs.
20th October 2011, 8:45 at 8:45 am
Schumacher, because i reserve my right tooo support guys I used to hate, would be nice to see him win again, ONCE.
Hamilton, two wins, get some momentum for next year.
20th October 2011, 8:42 at 8:42 am
Weal, he’s not as good as the driver he replaced, who spanked him in the same equipment, he’s not as good a Vitaly Petrov, either this year or when they where racing together.
Certainly the least impressive rookie cause we can’t really rate Ambrosio and Riciardo in the crap equipment they have to drive. So all in all, one giant meh, certainly better drivers out their.
Grosjean and Hulkenburg the next cabs of the rank, both deserve a shot, both probably better than him.
19th October 2011, 9:59 at 9:59 am
I’ve always been a big fan of the pass where you can’t pass so Hamilton on Button in China and Webber on Alonso through Eau Rouge.
19th October 2011, 8:54 at 8:54 am
I’ve not said at anypoint that a canopy would definatley have saved Dan Wheldon, although, although I’m not sure another layer of high strength protection wouldn’t have helped dissipate some of the forces that killed him, nor has anyone got any evidence that this isn’t the case.
A canpoy would however have saved Henry Surtees and Felipe Massa, in a high impact situation, or in a situation where things detatch from cars, the risk of head impacts are not neglible enough in my opinion for the idea of canopys to be ignore’d.
The sport has moved on to the point were Canopy’s wouldn’t really increase risk in the vast majority situations, especially as, you would have to assume the technology would be installed with the covering to remove it as quickly as possible.
On the nature of the sport I’m saying not necessarily, imagine if, through Canopys, we could see more of the drivers face and maybe even body? Wouldn’t that be just as good as seeing a head wrapped in a cubic meter of plastic and their hands. Maybe not, but I’m just saying it won’t kill the sport stone dead. It might even improve it, and as the FIA and drivers appear to be testing the theory and practice so thorughly that if we do get Cannopy’s it’ll be because lots of people with the sport and the knowledge to make such judgements will have decided it’s for the best.
18th October 2011, 23:07 at 11:07 pm
So I just went onto JAonF1 and he’s thinking about it to: http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2011/10/cockpit-canopies-under-discussion-again-after-wheldon-accident/
Interestingly the FIA has been doing test on fighter jet canopies and windsheilds and have released this facinaiting video on their findings: http://vimeo.com/26098946
Particularly it seems to answer questions about deformation.
18th October 2011, 22:26 at 10:26 pm
Oh, an they might even wear different, or reduced helments under a fighterjet style canopy. Imagine seeing Alonso’s pudgy face contorted with fury at another backmarker holding him up.
We could have in cockpit camera’s.
18th October 2011, 14:09 at 2:09 pm
@asanator, fair enough, but if canopy’s were to be mandated I assume they’d come under the same strict regulation, with multiple release mechanisms.
The two big issue’s I think canopy’s have is what happens when the car lands upside down, and the visibility issue with dirt and distortion as mentioned by W-K.
18th October 2011, 14:03 at 2:03 pm
@matt90 I felt like that till I started watching GT1, partly I guess because of the in cockpit camera’s the connection was still there, and you can always spot your favourites.
But I do know exactly what you mean and totally agree, all I’m saying is, if it prevents a death or a life changing accident I’m not sure it’s whats most important.
@w-k very good points. I wonder what would happen if the cockpit were to partially break mid race. I’m sure thats the sort of thing for the technical group to consider. Maybe wipers and fairy liquid compartment ;) or pure space fairy liquid to keep F1 “at the pinacle”.
I just don’t know, helmets certainly have their advantages.
18th October 2011, 13:55 at 1:55 pm
Hamilton seems to have boundries, doesn’t talk a huge amount outside the obligated around crunch times at the race because his mind is on other things, but he seems perfectly happy to do features for the BBC, and clearly doesn’t take himself to seriously off track, perfectly happy to do something silly. Throws one hell of strop though.
Alonso don’t give a damn clearly, but if it’s some entitled media tit like Jake Humphrey whose judging, I wouldn’t give a damn either.
Massa gets on one, really seems to dislike Hamilton, with some justification but the mans always taken everything so personally, this is racing, get over it. Other than that, does seem alright.
I don’t really know, tbh.
18th October 2011, 13:34 at 1:34 pm
With modern F1 cars, 60’s style inferno’s are incredibly rare. The car which Wheldon was driving was old, if you look at the gallery of his career in the guardian it’s the same car as in 2003, saftey alterations won’t have been massive. F1 cars have raised and shaped the area sourrounding the driver in an attempt to cover potential risk and the cars currently do seem to have some sort of removable semi covering at the moment anyway, which needs to be removed to exit and enter the car.
If there was to be something simular to that but with a full head covering I don’t think exit and entry time would be materially altered, it would also reduce the last big area of preventable risk to the drivers, lowering the chance of fatalities.
Seeing as there is already a form of canopy in F1, I reckon the big question is more asthetic, and much as i love the idea of open cockpit racing, if canpy’s can prevent a death I don’t think my yearning for the spirit of motor racing is particularly important.
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