Ways to make Formula 1 even better, number 52


…add a helmet cam to the onboard feeds…

The onboard camera has for a long time been TOO good. This might sound like an oxymoron, but the perfectly clear picture gives very little idea of how violent life is in an F1 car. You see none of the vibrations, bumps and forces at work and it looks easy, like a playstation game.

However Ferrari have released a helmet cam video of their “filming day” e.g. a test session in disguise, and boy is it good. Like late 80s onboard footage there’s plenty of feeling of speed.

I really think making the TV feed awe inspiring and spectacular is very important for the image of F1 and along with bringing titanium skid blocks, this kind of footage should be used to help the spectacle.

Alonso slaps Schuie

There's plenty of news on the rivalries brewing in F1 this year.  From the return of Schuie opening old wounds to the intra team competition between Lewis and Jenson, there's something for everyone.

This week Alonso has taken a pop at Schuie.  Although he's a moaning, whining tell tale, he's got several good reasons to be annoyed with Schuie.

First is from Silvertone 2005 when Schuie pushed him on the grass on the Hanger straight at Silverstone at 180mph in an outrageously dangerous move, especially considering the damage Schuie suffered in 1999 when he crashed at the same spot.

Then came Monaco 2006 where Schumacher parked up in qualifying, stopping everyone else from finishing their quickest laps.  Apparently if the penalty which eventually came hadn't been awarded, he would have made his own protest by laying down infront of the Ferrari (something which would have endeared him to all non-Schuie fans no end I don't doubt)

Finally there was Monza 2006, where Ferrari laughably protested that Massa was held up by Alonso from half way round the track, but the FIA upheld the protest and dropped Alonso way down the field.  Alonso of course went on to win the 2006 championship anyway and Schumacher retired, but he clearly felt wronged.

The event that seems to have got on Alonso's nerves in Australia is that Schuie was complaining about being held up by Alonso, having already hung out with some Ferrari team staff which he obviously knows well from his days there.

The quote from Alonso that earns his slap award is that he thinks Schuie should have “taken the matter up with the stewards, rather than the TV cameras.” 

Driver slaps table
Alonso 2
Button 1
Webber 0
Schuie 0

full story here: http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2010/03/alonso-and-schumacher-renew-hostilities/

Alonso slaps Webber (and others) #f1

Fernando Alonso, keen to get in on some driver slapping action, has taken aim at Webber and the other drivers with a nicely timed salvo about their almost rabid reactions to the rather dull Bahrain race.

Neatly forgetting that all Bahrain GPs have been dull (2010 featured more overtaking than 5 of the previous 6 races!) nearly everyone is calling for more mandatory pitstops.

Of course some might say that of course Alonso likes the status quo, having won the first race seemingly at a canter, but he does have a point, and it's good to see him having a subtle dig at Webber.

Will Webber retaliate? Lets hope so!

Button slaps Alonso

Not on the track (hopefully that will happen later) but regarding Alonso's whiny comments about the refuelling ban stopping overtaking. 

Quite how he came to that conclusion I don't know, but Button was quick to point out the obvious performance differences between new and used tyres, plus his engineer weighed in to point out that strategy will be more reactive than planned.

Button 1, Alonso 0

More here: http://en.espnf1.com/mclaren/motorsport/story/7696.html