Trading one safety hazard for another. Photos from Australian GP reveal what is being called a “submarine” risk with the current spec of Formula 1 car. The new, lower noses were created to prevent a nose from puncturing the side pod in the event of a front-to-side impact. However, it has created a a brand new issue where the nose effectively turns into a wedge in a front-to-rear impact, lifting the car in front into the air.
As long as these cars are built to go so fast and handle the way the way they do, with open cockpits, it is impossible to make them 100% safe. I feel like any issue you try to fix will just result in creating a new issue, just like this has. It’s hard to come to terms with, but this spec of racing is just dangerous and it will always be dangerous. The safety improvements will come from the chassis, not the aero. Just let the designers be free to design a race car around general safety guidelines in the tub. The end result will be better looking, faster cars, which are probably just as safe as they are right now.
Lewis Hamilton, 1995
That helmet and number combination looks awfully familiar.
This is why I love when world-class drivers are free to pick numbers for themselves, whether it’s in F1, NASCAR, where ever. And the fact that 44, no matter what team he drives for, will be Lewis until the day he reties is even better.
I feel like doing this brings drivers back to the days when racing was just something they did for fun.
The deal is supposedly for 10-years and Verizon will continue to sponsor Team Penske for Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya.
Oh dear lord. She’s wearing a Sauber firesuit you guys!
The sexiest livery in racing is back in F1. Williams reveals its 2014 livery, sponsored by Martini.
Porsche reveals the livery for their new LMP1 contender, the 919.
I honestly like the idea of this design, it’ll be cool to see the helicopter shot of this car going down the long stretch at Le Mans. But the execution is absolutely terrible. The words are cut off, which I don’t understand. It’s supposed to read “Porsche Intelligent Performance”, but all you can read is “Porsc Ntell Perf”, so it completely negates the point. I like the look of it from an angle, because you can’t tell that that’s what’s going on, that’s good, that’s the way it should be. But just white and metallic grey? C’mon Porsche. And not to mention not even attempting to do anything on the sides of the car. Using the same idea, they probably could have made something pretty trippy looking, perhaps using the shield emblem with the horse being on the roof or something. But this is just kind of disappointing.