The Best Looking F1 Cars

06/07/2009

With the multitude of cars, past and present, on display at the weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, I thought I would rattle off, to my eye, the most aestetically pleasing F1 cars.

Lotus 78

Not only was this car a groundbreaking innovation, with its ground effect, the black livery lent the car visual appeal.

Williams FW14B

This was the car, with its active suspension, that powered Nigel Mansell to nine victories, and the championship, in 1992.

McLaren MP4-14

Ferrari F2002

With that scarlet red and white livery and clean design (before winglets adorned the cars), this was a spectacularly-looking Ferrari.

McLaren MP4-21

2006 saw the introduction of a brand new livery mated to the MP4-21

Brawn BGP001

I think the BGP001 is a serious contender for the prettiest car of the current field, made pretty by the new rules banning aero add-ons.


Why Refuelling Should Stay in F1

03/07/2009

For my first post on this blog, I thought I would question to move to ban refuelling in formula one. The ban of refuelling has been one of few changes to appear for the 2010 regulations after much bickering over the last two months. The idea is that all drivers would start the race with the fuel required to drive the whole race, and pitstops would only be required for tyre changes.

It has been mooted on various other websites that banning refuelling should place no emphasis on strategy and as such see the return of days where the drivers have to pass on the track. The fact is this, however: in the current state of formula one, overtaking is nigh on impossible. If refuelling is banned, the source of 99% of current overtaking would be prevented and the races would be one big procession – especially at the start of the race where the cars are all running heavy.

Secondly, we all can acknowledge that formula one is the pinnacle of motorsport. It seems to be a huge step backward then, that instead of starting a race with only 50 kg of fuel and running light, the cars will be starting with over 200 kg of fuel and running extremely heavy and cumbersome. Refuelling is absolutely not F1.

Plus, crashing a car at the start – very probable – is so much more dangerous in a car weighing 800 kg than a car weighing 650 kg.

Finally, in addition to removing a bit of unpredictability into a race, the fans we will be reintroduced to the mockery of cars running out of fuel on the last couple of laps.

A flawed move, with not much reasoning behind it.

Singapore 2008

We will now be denied decisive moments like these


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