March 21, 2008
The only real news to come out of the practice sessions was that Ferrari engines seem to be having more problems. Kimi had a shutdown in P1, SeaBass had problems in both sessions (the second of which impressively caused his engine to seize solid), and one of the Farce India cars was ill, too. That can't be encouraging to Ferrari proper.
Of course Ferrari is denying there's any problem at all. We'll see, won't we? The quals are on Saturday, and Lewis Hamilton's McLaren had fast lap of the day, and zero problems on track at all. This might be getting ugly, and it couldn't happen to a nicer buncha guys than Ferrari.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 21, 2008 06:15 PM (+rSRq)
That was a miserable weekend. Senna was the second driver to die that race, the first being Roland Ratzenberger, who suffered a front wing failure; it jammed underneath his car and prevented him from making a turn. The impact broke his neck, the same way that Dale Earnhart died in 2001.
There probably should have been a third death that weekend. By some miracle, however, Rubens Barrichello (who was a rookie that year) survived the worst accident of the weekend. His car hit a curb and got massively airborne, maybe five or six feet. A catchfence brought the flying car to a very fast halt, then dumped it to the ground upside-down. He broke a couple of bones, was knocked out, and nearly suffocated when his tongue blocked his windpipe.
Shortly thereafter, though, wheel tethers appeared and the HANS device began to get a lot more attention.
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 21, 2008 06:35 PM (AW3EJ)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 21, 2008 10:05 PM (qNSKg)
Pete, in the first picture, the wheel is indeed still attached. The tethers broke when The Chin went over the second curb on it's way into the kittylitter (pic #2).
This is the second time in two weeks The Chin's Red Bull has suffered explosive suspension failure. Last week's breaking is understandable, and we've seen it dozens of times before. This one, though, baffles me. The Legendary Announce Team suggested that the binding agent that was holding the carbon fibre suspension together failed (instead of the carbon fibre itself), but that was supposition on their part.
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 21, 2008 10:52 PM (UdB9M)
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 21, 2008 10:57 PM (UdB9M)
I just looked up the HANS device in Wikipedia. That's a nice design! The way it sits on the shoulders and upper chest, and is held in place by the seat belt? Very clean!
I'm sure it takes getting used to, but I'm equally sure it will save lives.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 22, 2008 05:49 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 22, 2008 06:37 PM (UdB9M)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 22, 2008 10:14 PM (+rSRq)
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