If you’ve not had a look at the comment thread from yesterday’s post on Mark Webber’s crash, check it out, it’s a great read.
Here’s today’s round-up:
“As [Schumacher and Barrichello] came into view I started firing off the shots and was preparing myself for a big shunt. It’s amazing how close he got to the wall and you can probably get a better idea of the distance from my photos than on TV, because I was positioned head-on. It was a great sequence of shots and as far as I know nobody else got them. Afterwards someone wrote on my Facebook page that I should have gone to see if there were any tyre marks on the wall but it took so long to run to the podium and then to the press conference that I didn’t have time.”
“We have cut down our budget dramatically. We are still in Formula 1, while other manufactures are no longer in Formula 1, so we still think this is a great platform, so things are positive. The results are not positive. Sometimes a third place like at Silverstone is a little consolation, not when you want to win. But all in all I can say that we can get the job done.”
Comment of the day
Why are gravel run-offs increasingly being replaced with tarmac? Jarno Zaffelli, a professional mechanical engineer who works on race track risk assessment and circuit design, explains:
The tarmac/gravel run-off debate has lasted for many years. Basically FIA wants all-tarmac everywhere. FIM [Governing body of motorcycle racing] doesn’t. FIA’s thinking is that in the most cases tarmac prevent cars from rolling (and allow to recover from mistakes) and decrease braking space (supposing that all brakes, suspension, tyres and aero are functioning). So where the FIA can they deploy all-tarmac run-off.
The problem occurs when there is a total loss of control. In any case where a mechanical failure occurs (remember Natacha Gachnang’s Abu Dhabi crash) tarmac run-offs are simply pointless.
The Holy Grail is to balance the dimension of tarmac and gravel. There is not always a good solution. Depending on the corner, what the purpose is, what you have to slow (vehicle or rider), you need to assess risks and design the run-off to suit at best your provisional needs.
But very few racetracks now are designed that way. That’s why we see so many tarmac around.
From the forum
W-K asks whether the summer break is good or bad.
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to Vitantonio Liuzzi who is 29 today!