3rd May 12, 20:38 #1
Some differing views from drivers about F1 being at Mugello.
Petrov - "I don't think we should have come here. It is not safe and wide enough. If you lose it, the walls are so close and you will smash into the tyres. It is not for Formula 1 and, if you lost the steering or the tyre pressure dropped or whatever, then it will be a big crash."
Webber - "Did 10 dry laps today around Mugello, which is the same as doing 1000 laps around Abu Dhabi track in terms of satisfaction."
Kovalainen - "Hardcore circuit. Some proper corners out there."
3rd May 12, 20:56 #2"I don't think we should have come here," said the Caterham driver. "It is not safe and wide enough. If you lose it, the walls are so close and you will smash into the tyres. It is not for Formula 1 and, if you lost the steering or the tyre pressure dropped or whatever, then it will be a big crash." Petrov is the only driver who has been critical of the Mugello venue this week, though, with a number of his rivals claiming the circuit is a step up from other venues.Marco Simoncelli 1987-2011
3rd May 12, 21:00 #3
For what I am reading on ital media most drivers are very satisfied about Mugello and would love to run a proper F1 race there...how about replacing crappy Valencia ?When you're tired of rallying...you're tired of life
4th May 12, 04:28 #4
4th May 12, 06:34 #5
Everything that I've read with the exception of what Petrov said was positive. I read this on another site:
That and Mugello is an incredible racetrack for spectators. I went there for the MotoGP weekend last year and was blown away. Its in a natural bowl, so you can be close the track and see a good 2/3 of the circuit well, as well as getting the reverberations bouncing everywhere. We turned up on the friday and went to the town by the circuit and were buzzing simply from the noise echoing around the local hills! I'd pay 21.50 to see/hear F1 cars there, no doubt at all!Those who believe in telekinetics raise my hand.
4th May 12, 09:07 #6
I would travel from the other side of the world to attend an F1 race at Mugello.
4th May 12, 09:23 #7
Petrov does make some valid points however, and the track could be made a little safer for these very high speed cars. It would need a bit of earthworks, but it could be done without ruining the track and its ambience - it may reduce the overall "bums on seats" count, but TV is where its at, dadyo. Why would China or Abu Dhabi exist, otherwise?
There is no plausible excuse, the more I think of it, the more I become evangelical about it: Mugello forza F1.
And then there could be an "internal championship", run over selected drivers tracks - for arguments sake Silverstone, Spa, Suzuka (needs money but...), Mugello, Monza? It could be called the Drivers Cup (eh????) - ok I've gone on a bit and lost my mind - time for a beer.
4th May 12, 10:00 #8
4th May 12, 10:02 #9
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4th May 12, 11:26 #10
4th May 12, 12:27 #11
Mugello would be a great place to have F1 races.
No more mickey mouse tracks please
4th May 12, 13:21 #12
If Petrov thinks Mugello isn't safe or wide enough I dread to think what he's say about racing at Clermont-Ferrand!!!!
4th May 12, 15:01 #13
There's been mixed reactions.
Apparantly Mugello is too quick for F1. It doesn't bear much resemblance to other tracks so the teams aren't getting adequate data.
Some teams think test was a huge waste of money and some teams - namely those playing catching up found the test useful.
Teams brand Mugello test a waste of time and money, as Alonso crashesJames Allen on F1The world according to Taki Inoue: https://mobile.twitter.com/takiinoue/status/301406167249326080
4th May 12, 15:25 #14
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4th May 12, 19:43 #15
I can fully agree that the track isn't like anything on the calendar, but it is a spectacular place.
It looks like with some modifications it would be a very unique F1 track, and the view would command top prices.
5th May 12, 00:15 #16
5th May 12, 00:55 #17
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1968 - Recommendations on seat harnesses. Fire-resistant clothing, and shatter-proof visors were mandated.
1971 - Maximum of 5 seconds for driver to evacuate the car's cockpit.
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5th May 12, 01:48 #18
5th May 12, 08:15 #19
The other alternative is facilities like Fuji, where in 2007 there were drivers running 20m wide of the circuit without any consequence in terms of time lost. In some cases those lines were faster than driving on the actual circuit. That in my mind does not at all represent what the pinnacle of circuit racing should be.
I am tired of sloppy driving being rewarded. Seeing drivers pushing it to the limit with the risk of crashing out of the race is exciting.
5th May 12, 15:57 #20