Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by Speshal, May 1, 2019.
Seems like yesterday.
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That is the thing with motorsport, we all know it's dangerous but we choose to push it to the back of our minds most of time. Suddenly it's brought into sharp focus at times and you just don't forget things like that.
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To me the legend was Jim Clark, a driver who relied on his skill to win, no crashing into the opposition to win, no tantrums because he considered to good to be overtaken and drove anything for the fun. there aren't any like him today and haven't been for years, just a load of one car type drivers who live on their own isolated castles.
Disagree with you completely.
Yes, the legend has been romanticised more perhaps because of his death (and the film of his life) would warrant but to say that he lasted longer because F1 became safer isn't true.
Elio De Angelis was killed in testing in 86. Martin Donnelly was lucky to survive his horrific crash in 1990. Jacques Laffite suffered a career ending crash at the 86 British GP. Gehard Berger suffered broken rubs and second degree burns at San Marino in 89. That's just a few examples.
Senna was an aggressive driver but despite what Prost once said, he wasn't suicidal. He was no more aggressive than Mansell or Piquet. He was simply quicker.
Those cars had reached the point at which they were at, or near the top of the technical tree by the end of 1993. Fitted with every driver aid imaginable at the time they were able to maximise their speed in ways not achievable in the turbo era and on different, previously slower parts of the circuit.
In stripping all of those driver aids off they achieved exactly the same effect as stripping the flight computers from modern jet fighters. Those cars no longer had the extra percentage of control that the driver was able to call upon. The driver could still reach the edge of the speed envelope but the dynamic stability of the car had already been exceeded. Add to the mix that these cars were now far lighter at the start of the race thanks to refuelling and they would be even faster and more unstable from the off.
Nothing was done until after the San Marino weekend to reduce the speed of the cars.
This all came about because the FIA were worried about spiralling costs and the effects of driver aids on the show. Sound familiar ??
cider_and_toast, ok I got my years wrong perhaps 20 years would have been more accurate, I still think he was over rated, he may not have been suicidal but he definitely put too much faith in his god to keep him safe and said so
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