20 years ago today, we lost Ayrton Senna
20 years ago today, we lost Roland Ratzenberger
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!