FIA regulations prevent teams from leaving the pit wall and entering the track while a race is on. The same regulations that state the any vehicle can not drive counter race traffic. It would have been quicker for the medical car to turn around and exit the pit in... but FIA regulations forbid it. Frell the FIA
RE: US Grand Prix. WHO CARES??? No Gravel, no rally
What is this blather about some roundy round boring crap doinng here, I think this forum is about RALLY, eh? You know sideways gravel action relevant to US.
Get this to fantasy/deification/wanky-wank forum.
I've worked corners at the USGP. There are corner workers stationed along the front straight BUT holes that they can enter the track through are few and far between. Further, they are under instructions NOT to go on a hot track - especially on the main straight, with cars going 200+ mph - unless the cars are under control of the safety car. There are more than two medical teams (WAY more...minimum one on every station, plus pits, paddock, etc.) but there are only a couple of medical CARS to respond to incidents where workers are not allowed on foot. In a bad crash, Dr. Sid is always the one who responds.
Bear in mind, all the corner workers and the vast majority of medical folks there are volunteers. They do as they're told, whatever they might WANT to do. That crash was in a particularly bad spot for any kind of response.
...and one more thing was said during the commentary. The announcers stated that the driver could be plucked from the car tub and all. Why was Ralf removed on a back board and then put on a stretcher? Would it not be safer to get him out with the form fitting tub and have that done under supervision @ a medical facility?
The fire question is scary given the time frame. I'm sure his brother or another competitor would have ran to try to pull him out.
>They turn a bunch of rpm, therefore have a lot of torque
>multiplication, but I've heard their peak torque is less
Wouldn't surprise me - it doesn't take a lot of torque to move a car that weighs about 1300 lbs. with driver. One person can push one when it's on pavement and has all its wheels...easier than your Mustang.
I once heard a F1 car could do 0-100-0 in four seconds...and that was 15 years ago.
Anybody who has seen the film from Zandvoort 1973 when Roger Williamson burned to death on live television as David Purley alone tried to rescue him, and the marshals stood by and watched should be outraged at the way they handled Ralf's incident.
>Still...no excuse. If CART/Indy can get response to cars
>within seconds, there's no reason F1 can't.
One difference is that the CART/Indy medical folks - at least on ovals - are paid professionals, while the F1 people are largely volunteers. CART does not hesitate to send its employees onto a hot track, but the F1 powers-that-be won't send volunteers into a similar situation.
Another issue is that the area of Ralf's crash is more accessible during the 500 (both of them) than during F1, due to different safety regulations.