“The emotional edition.”
Hey folks, and welcome back to #AskDre, the part of the website where you ask for my opinions on a bunch of stuff in and around the Motorsport world. Sometimes. Anywho, in this edition, we tackle the obvious subjects after a tragic week in the sport, still recovering from the loss of Justin Wilson in the IndyCar series, as well as a lot of MotoGP related talk as well, so, let’s get stuck into your questions!
First up: “Do you believe that there’s going to be know way of prevent all incidents causing injury?” – Connor Pink
As Sebastian Bourdais quite eloquently put before the Indy 500 – Let’s not pretend like what we’re doing here is safe. Justin Wilson’s death was at the hands of a freak accident. Of course, we’ll have a discussion about closed cockpits as a result, given we lost Justin this way, Jules hit his head when he hit the tractor, Henry Surtees, etc. The problem is, I feel that closed cockpits, causes more problems than it solves.
For instance, if a car is upside down, or on fire, every second counts, and it would be a question of how fast you could remove a canopy to escape. If Niki Lauda had to escape his blazing Ferrari via a closed cockpit, he’d probably die. Not to mention, the cars don’t have air conditioning, and in a closed environment, a driver is going to cook in that closed environment. You’d have to have an air con kit in the car to cool the drivers, and that would require a complete redesign of the cars. And that can’t happen overnight. That might be a 5, 10 year process.
I’m glad the FIA are taking this the right way, and continue to investigate and research potential solutions, and I have an open mind about suggestions put forward, but I don’t see the upside of closed cockpits. This isn’t about entertainment or protection of the “purity” of the sport. This is a logistic issue. Motorsport will ALWAYS be dangerous. And while the tragic loss of life never gets any easier, it’s something that deep down, we all understand can, and will happen.
“Any tracks in IndyCar you’d like to see come to F1?” – Eoin Harrington
Hmmm. I don’t mind some of IndyCar’s road courses, apart from Long Beach (That shit sucks), but the problem is, IndyCar’s track don’t really suit modern F1 racing. Take Barber in Alabama for instance, it’s a great track, but where you pass in an F1 car? A shame, given Barber was a superb race this season.
But, there’s one obvious name that stands out to me now it’s returning to the calendar next season – Road America. That was awesome. If you haven’t already, check out IndyCar’s YouTube channel and watch the 2007 Champ Car race there. It’s awesome. And it has an 18-year old Graham Rahal dive-bombing Will Power at Turn 2. Some things, never change.
“Who will reach 42 first? Lewis or Seb?” – Miles Pardoe
42 what? Race wins or booty grinds?
But seriously, I’m surprised people are even contemplating this like Mercedes have a chance of losing most weekends. Lewis will definitely get to 42 first. I don’t think Sebastian flukes another one unless something really funky happens. *yawns*
“Do you think f1 is in trouble if a team with Maldonado has financial difficulties if the amount of money he brings cant save them. Just thought of this because I saw a story that said that bailiffs were at the Belgian grand prix.” – Richard Rousseau
F1’s always been in financial trouble – This is not a new thing. We all saw Caterham collapse, I don’t know how on earth Manor are still running, and Force India didn’t release their 2015 car until Silverstone.
What do you expect when the power unit we run is twice as expensive as anything in the V8 era? It makes the strain on lesser teams, that much greater. Lotus are one of those teams that have been struggling for a while, and now Charles Pic is suing the team. F1’s always been a sport where the independent teams will struggle, I just think many people either don’t know it, or choose not to talk about it. Because the worst thing that could EVER happen to F1, would be if the customer teams die.
“Who will win the MotoGP title?” – Aaron Davidson
For me, 99. It’s between the two Factory Yamaha’s, as I feel like Marc Marquez will run out of races before closing in his 50+ points deficit. And Valentino Rossi’s problem for me, is that he qualifies so badly in this modern era, that he always gives himself more work to do, and as a result, by the time he gets in clear air, Jorge Lorenzo’s gone, because you know he’ll get the holeshot, as he’s one of the best starters in the field.
Not to mention, Jorge and Marc are probably the only two riders in the field, who can win ANY given GP on their days. Rossi I feel, is only on that level, at a handful of tracks, like Assen, Misano, etc. So for me, Jorge Lorenzo. Rossi’s 11 straight podiums this season don’t mean much when Lorenzo can beat him regularly.
“What do you make of Crutchlow being retained by LCR Honda?” – Gareth Hunt
I have no qualms with it. Being real here, I feel a little sorry for Crutchlow. I thought going to LCR was a sound move. Problem was, no-one predicted that Honda’s 2015 factory bike would be so bad. I mean, if the factory team has had severe issues with it, what chances does Cal and Scott Redding have? That alone should give them a pass.
And even if we didn’t take that into account, who are you going to realistically get who’s really better at the moment? Cal always gets used to whatever he rides in the end, so I think he’ll be fine, and I think some stability is what he needs after three straight seasons with three separate manufacturers.