Originally Posted by ljason8eg
Well yeah its a lot different when the safety equipment simply doesn't exist, like back when Senna raced. The drivers didn't know any different. But today, every time I go to the track and see someone racing without a HANS and good helmet, I just shake my head. You can be plenty competitive while taking appropriate safety measures. Just sucks that it normally takes a death of a legend to open everyone's eyes.
Um, yes he did know "any different". Following many incidents in San Marino Imola in 1994 (the track where he died afterwards) he put pressure on the GPDA to change their safety measures, but he died before it could materialize. And if you actually knew what you were talking about, you'd know that his incident was caused by the stupid engineers putting a bad steering column on the car. While he was gonna take one of the corners at 190MPH, the car didn't want to turn because of the steering column, which then caused massive understeer. The only thing he could do was to apply the brakes for two seconds, slowing down to 130MPH, before hitting a concrete wall, where he had massive injuries and was announced dead at the hospital.
The problem here, as I see it, is that we have people like you that are worried about everything and are not competitive (therefore can't be racing drivers) and people with a complete disregard for security. A better solution for this would've been to add more safety gear to the current cars at the time and to have made the circuits safer. Of course, the morons at the FIA stepped in and massively lowered the cars' horsepower from 1200HP to 800HP, put a lot more downforce on them(which means less over-taking and therefore less competitive driving), and the the car behind will suck in dirty air if it tries to go behind to cut wind resistance. Then, they also implemented stupid crap like traction control and other electronic BS which made who won the race to be determined by computers rather than the drivers' skill. Of course, due to the outcry of some people, many of these have been removed, but we still have problems like the FIA regulating what tyres the teams will use; again, reducing competitiveness for best results. They need to bring back the older cars with newer safety features. This reminds me of the same crap that went down in Group B rally.