Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Difference Of Twenty Years In Formula One

First, the Sunday drive. That's Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari with a 2.4L V-8. Notice how smooth the road is. Notice his hands on the wheel. Notice how smooth the engine sounds even though it's running at close to a mandated 18,000 RPM although it could run a lot higher. Power steering, power brakes and even fly by wire throttle. The driver points the car and the computer decides the rest.   Now to Ayrton Senna's McLaren with a 3.5L V-10 maybe getting up to 13,000 RPM. The engine's screaming because it's in pain. Notice he's also driving one handed because he still has to use a regular shift knob instead of those cool paddles behind the steering wheel. Notice how the engine wavers because the driver is getting his foot kicked off the accelerator by the bumps. It doesn't look like a video game. 


  1. I used to be really in CART before the IRL split off. I even went to the race in Portland twice. Then the IRL took like half the good teams and neither league was very interesting. About that same time F1 was getting boring, too, as it became all about tech and less about driving. Senna may have been an obnoxious ass, but he could drive! It was fun to watch. Now the same guy wins every single time in a car that sounds like a toy with bad bearings.

    Open-wheel racing in all its forms has pretty much gone to crap if you ask me.

  2. Yeah CART really screwed themselves. I think back then it wasn't just bigger than NASCAR it was probably bigger than hockey.

    And good news, next year F1 goes "green", so you just know that's going to be exciting.