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Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby Mr Bean » 07 Oct 2018, 10:20

I have gone off F1 over the years for one reason or another but was interested to see the introduction of the halo. Apparently some drivers complained that it was disrupting their field of view while fans do not like not being able to see the drivers themselves so well. My first thought was how ridiculous it was to obscure the drivers vision in this way.
however thinking about it and holding two fingers up at arms length in front of me (hope my neighbour never spotted it :oops: ) I came to the conclusion that using a bit of simple trigonometry it could be shown that full forward vision would be available at all times albeit intermittently monocular, as only one eye could be obscured by the halo at a time. The degree of concentration required to achieve safe driving under these circumstances is similar in my view to that required for a lay driver to focus not for instance on oncoming headlights but simply on the road ahead.

BTW the quality of those on board live video cameras is very realistic and almost as good as the CGI in my grandson's F1 computer game :wink:
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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby Cobra88 » 07 Oct 2018, 11:46

F1 has been total "pooh" since traction control was introduced.

that's it I have said it :)

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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby Cobra88 » 07 Oct 2018, 11:46

I didn't write "pooh" :?
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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby silverbullet » 07 Oct 2018, 12:10

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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby silverbullet » 07 Oct 2018, 12:16

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_(safety_device)

There won't be open-cockpit racing in a few years, then there won't be IC engines, then there won't be drivers in the cars...

Its a pointless money circus.

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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby nicq » 07 Oct 2018, 14:50

silverbullet wrote:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_(safety_device)

There won't be open-cockpit racing in a few years, then there won't be IC engines, then there won't be drivers in the cars...

Its a pointless money circus.

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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby silverbullet » 07 Oct 2018, 15:28

None of it is about the racing. Its all about the money.

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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby nicq » 07 Oct 2018, 15:30

And horse racing is different!!!!!
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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby silverbullet » 07 Oct 2018, 16:34

Never said that it was and I will not be drawn unto a senseless argument about nothing. The point I was trying to make, in support of MrBean's observations, is that F1 is disappearing up its own fundament.

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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby R0B » 07 Oct 2018, 16:37

F1 is sooo boring to watch nowadays.
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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby nicq » 07 Oct 2018, 16:55

silverbullet wrote:Never said that it was and I will not be drawn unto a senseless argument about nothing. The point I was trying to make, in support of MrBean's observations, is that F1 is disappearing up its own fundament.

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I worked in F1 for 20 years and saw the development of systems that you take for granted in your standard car. Yes a lot of money is spent but I wonder if the development of systems would have been as rapid or at all without it.
It may be boring to some but horse racing to me is crap and a bigger waist of money and for what, horses for courses.
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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby 937carrera » 07 Oct 2018, 17:48

Cobra88 wrote:F1 has been total "pooh" since traction control was introduced.


Traction control has been banned for 10 years.

ABS is also banned
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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby nicq » 07 Oct 2018, 18:05

937carrera wrote:
Cobra88 wrote:F1 has been total "pooh" since traction control was introduced.


Traction control has been banned for 10 years.

ABS is also banned


You don't need traction control all sorted with active diffs
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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby CJH » 07 Oct 2018, 18:10

I thought today's race was entertaining. For a track that isn't known for its overtaking opportunities, there was plenty of overtaking action. Much of that was down to fast cars being out of place, and I think that's always been the case. I remember hearing a quotation, can't remember who from, to the effect that we spend Saturday sorting the cars from fastest to slowest, and then we expect that to magically change overnight. Penalties, poor tyre choice, ill-advised overtaking manoeuvres, race pace prioritised over qualifying pace - bring them on. Whatever puts a fast car at the back of the pack is good for the spectacle. And of course, seeing 'finger boy' implode every year makes it all the more fun!
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Re: Theory behind the F1 halo

Postby nicq » 07 Oct 2018, 18:15

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