Have recently noticed, surely not a new thing, there is sometimes a frantic rush off the grid to a T1 or T3 where it is practically impossible to take the turn two cars wide at speed.
The dangers in this first-to-breach dive into survival or nothing else is compounded by the braking technique, typical of some who are fast enough to be at the front, of waiting until the last possible moment, (likely practiced with hours of solo training), then slamming the brakes causing a four wheel lock up that ends just in time to make the turn.
If things are too close, (not a good thing with 36fps GPL collision physics), someone will have to yield or everyone will have to be very very lucky given this insane way to begin a long race.
In the meantime, those at the back might not have been able to see the flag. All they know is by the time they see cars moving in front they are already even farther behind. Time to catch up before the inevitable slow down at the first bottleneck.
In the effort to earn a good spot on the grid, many drivers have qually setups with low fuel loads and race setups with fuel for the laps to the finish. The weight difference between the two effects braking distance significantly, especially on heavier cars. Drivers who train with emphasis on fast laps and qualifying well may not train with the same enthusiasm for braking hard with full fuel into the first turn.
When the first tight squeeze is a narrow 90 at the end of the long front straight, (topical hint), everyone trying to catch up is likely looking for tire smoke before going into panic braking mode. Then an instant after that they see the wrecks up ahead splattering left and right and they can only hope.
With this kind of first lap routine, what are the odds the entire field makes it around one lap?
The analogy should not be of salmon throwing themselves upstream.
Perhaps those at the front of the grid have some responsibility to agree, out of respect, to slow the pace for the entire field ahead of and through the first turn?
Otherwise, those at the front run as much risk as any of being taken out by flying cars.
Tell me it doesn't happen
Edited by John Woods, Nov 19 2020 - 11:19 AM.