Success ballast in F1!

The suggestion that F1 might adopt success ballast is horrifying. Sure it works to enliven some series, in particular tin top racing, but surely not in F1. Continue reading

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So Bernie wouldn’t pay to watch F1?

Mr E has been in the press this week on the state of F1 and, as is often the case, has been stirring the pot. But how much notice should we be taking? Continue reading

What does F1 really need, noise or sound?

I do not want noisier F1; making the engines louder is pointless. What makes motor sport more interesting are the sounds, and the plural here is important. Continue reading

2015 IndyCar finale

I suppose that it was inevitable that the season would not end well once we knew that the last race would be a double [points affair. Continue reading

The heavenly grid has grown again

The ranks of the heavenly grid have swollen somewhat this week with the arrivals of Guy Ligier, Justin Wilson, Eric Thompson and Roger Keele, racers all, if of differing eras. Continue reading

Dummy Pit Stops in #F1

So what if Mercedes did try to sucker Williams during the British GP? That sort of thing has been going on since the early days of motor sport and we don’t see the problem.

Yes there could be an H&S issue; people in the pit lane are always at risk, but here we are talking about an empty pit lane anyway so let’s not be silly.

The only time that such a tactic might be inadvisable is if one of the teams in an adjacent garage was pitting, both from the risk of getting hit and also from the dummy crew impeding the other vehicle, so this is one rule that we think they don’t need. A bit of kidology is a Fair part of the game and if they really think that there is a safety issue then let them implement something else that we have advocated here before as a cost saving measure; limit the number of people over the wall during pit stops.

 

What a difference a track makes #F1

The Canadian GP showed why the right track can make a difference, for whilst the front runners were cruising around in formation we had some great racing going on elsewhere down the field.

Why? Because there are places where passing is possible; fast corners, slow corners, decent straights and places where you can outbrake. None of the slot car track nonsense that we have seen in newer circuits over the last thirty years or so, just the basics for good racing.

Long may it be a part of F1.

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