Originally Posted by eddiek997
Or old farts clinging onto a bygone era....
F1 of today is very different to F1 of yesteryear. Think how much pit stops for fuel affected strategy and races. But the cars are so much faster, the margins for error much smaller.
Thankfully the safety aspect is dramatically improved. I wonder if Mr Senna would still be with us if he was in a modern F1 car.
Of course he would the raised cockpit sides were a direct result of Senna's demise. I actually don't have to think much about the pit stop strategy effects I was watching when Prosts accidental pitting made the whole pit lane prick up their ears. A little bit of history will show that in the Circus the overall picture never really changes, just the daily colours.
If you missed it the turbo era with qualifying engines and mods made almost daily was something to behold.Rules strectching by Chapman, Murray et al reaching levels Newey could not possibly imagine. Skirt marks on the Zandvoort track, the Lotus 88:) Water cooled brakes, Rocket Fuel, Cars so aerodynamic they suffocated the driver. It was no holds barred move / countermove open warfare between the teams and the FIA . No development freezes any engine that fit the displacement criteria (Listen to George Harrisons Faster for an age old treat, that siren at the end is actually a Matra V12 at full chat and it was mindboggling). 1600BHP qualifying engines. Renaults awesome dominance and gross inability to secure a world championship. Theres a youtube out there of Prost in the RE40 and its spellbinding as he drives around every other car on the track like they were FF's. MClaren rolling out the first Carbon Fibre Chassis. Lauda's return to save his dying airline. Prost / Senna, Keke (car control??? if you ever saw Keke and Villeneuve in Formula Atlantic duking it out you couldnt wait for those two to get into F1) Reasonable ticket prices! Accessibility to us mere mortals. Qualifying tires? you think a ten lap tyre is alarming try 3, 1 warm up one hot lap and crawl back to the pits before it blows. Turbo engine explosions- Theres nothing and I mean nothing like a Turbo F1 Qaully motor detonating, nothing.
And thats just the Turbo era, Go Back To the Cosworth Era, Tyrell taking over (briefly the mantle from Lotus) There is a lot of history to be enjoyed and it really enhances the experience and appreciation of the F1 of today.
OH yeah bernie was still a Richard.