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Old 01 July 2013, 07:52   #11
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The thing is it wasn't the tyres that were a problem, it was the drivers going over the kerb too much that was.
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I'm with Andy ..F1 is supposed to be about excitment & yes while safety is key F1 has always looked to push the limit. It was explained to me once and F1 car should be designed to fail as it crossed the finish line - otherwise its over engineered and therefore carrying excess weight etc .

Hi Pete,
I think that you are paraphrasing one Colin Chapman there
Having owned an original Elan in my very much younger days I am of the opinion that he took that philosphy rather too far
It coudl well have been him originally .. I recall it in a bar...very late one night but is also the reason why I wont buy an Elise fro fear of the same thing ....
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The simplest way to make F1 more interesting is to give drivers a qualifying time 'penalty' of say 0.25 seconds for every point they currently hold in the drivers' championship.

ie. a driver with 100 points would have 2.5 seconds added to their final qualifying time, whereas a driver with only 20 points would only be penalised by 0.5 seconds.

This would effectively demote the fastest cars/drivers down the grid order, forcing them to have to overtake the slower cars rather than just romp away from them when the lights go green.
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Having owned an original Elan in my very much younger days I am of the opinion that he took that philosphy rather too far
Still one of the best cars I ever owned - looked fantastic and went so well (thats when it was going ) - Its the only car of its era that can still hold its head high in performance terms compared to modern equivalents and hot hatches

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It was explained to me once and F1 car should be designed to fail as it crossed the finish line - otherwise its over engineered and therefore carrying excess weight etc .
But that's not the case anymore is it, engines and cars have to last multiple races and there is no refueling mid race! All a bit silly IMHO
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