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Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013

What's it like to be the safety car driver?

When race direction deems that an event needs to be neutralised, the safety car is deployed onto the circuit. But being a Safety car driver involves more than leading the Formula 1 cars when incidents or weather conditions requires their presence. It’s a relentless coordination job in which catching up the leader, keeping the field together and allowing lapped cars to overtake are more than just commands. All must be done with accuracy at a speed which allows the racing tyres to remain at an […]

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012

Stewards defend controversial decisions

The FIA's Garry Connelly has defended some decisions made by stewards across the 2012 season. Speaking to AUTO magazine, Connelly explained that the stewards have information that is unavailable to the majority of viewers. "It’s a big responsibility but one that’s become a lot less of a burden simply because of the technology now at our disposal," he said. "We have a wealth of data, that most people won’t be aware we have access to. First of all, we have all the video feeds — the pictures that have gone […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Overtaking in 2011

Overtaking - how much, not enough, or too much of the ‘wrong’ sort - has been a frequent topic throughout the 2011 season, since the advent of DRS (the Drag Reduction System) and Pirelli tyres. What is beyond all doubt is that the overall levels of overtaking have climbed to record levels - there have been nearly 1500 passes so far in 18 races. However, no standard definition of an overtaking manoeuvre exists. The figures used below are calculated for strategic purposes, which are reflected […]