Lycoming wrote:I don't see how that makes it safer.
Lycoming wrote:I don't get why people keep saying "man up". Drivers have said numerous times that grip is not the problem with racing in the wet, visibility is. on open wheel cars, it is impossible to see with the amount of spray that gets kicked up.
They stop wet races for 2 reasons:
1. There's so much standing water that aquaplaning is inevitable. as in, the water level is so high it catches the skidplank of the car, at which point no amount of driver skill will be of any use as the tyres are incapable of generating reasonable amounts of force. The driver is simply a passenger in this scenario. It's not racing, its just a bunch of people flailing about trying to stay on the track, usually behind the safety car. I don't get what kind of show there is here.
2. There's so much rain/spray you can't see anything. At that point, it is ridiculously dangerous. again, its no longer really about driver skill. I guess if you really want to see who has "the balls", sure, but thats all its about. This is the main reason why they stop wet races. Driving around in those conditions is not racing, as only the leader can see anything. I don't care how good their carbon tubs and crash barriers and driver restraints are, it doesn't change the fact that this sort of condition is unreasonably dangerous.
It has to be very, very wet to satisfy either of the above conditions. Canada 2011 was a good example, as was Nurburgring 2007. I like wet races, because truly skilled driving shines through. But there reaches a point where it's no longer racing. I don't understand why the drivers are labelled as a bunch of pansies if the FIA red flags the race under those conditions.
Cam wrote:Lycoming wrote:I don't see how that makes it safer.
F1 cars are already very safe. Look at some of the massive impacts these cars have had over recent years and each time the driver has walked away, without a scratch. Safety is paramount, yes, but these guys are not scared little girls. They sign up for this and accept the risks.
Reduced speed + car adjustments + suitable tyres = cars can run = good show = I'll watch all the ads and sponsors.
With all the hype about F1 'spicing it up', you would think having hundreds of millions of bored viewers switching off would be more of a loss than a couple of drivers who can't cope with slippery conditions.
jdlive wrote:I was at Spa recently during a red flagged session and EVERYONE of the spectators agreed that they could have easily driven.
This would again separate the guys with great car control and guts from those with less of both.
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