Formula One on snow

Posted by Tom Ford at 4:49 am on Monday March 30, 2009

We’re all thinking it – at the weekend we had a good race with plenty of excitement, so why not add some mixed-surface races to really test the drivers? You’d need downforce on six inches of snow, and you’d probably need less snowploughs with those big new splitters… Here’s Nick Heidfeld testing for the new season. On snow. 

  1. Phil said...
    Monday March 30, 2009 at 6:58 am Link to comment Report comment

    Thats pretty insane, it would be good if we saw some extreme weather races on the calendar!

  2. Ivar said...
    Monday March 30, 2009 at 9:14 am Link to comment Report comment

    That is just so wrong!
    No problem overheating though…

  3. T-Short said...
    Monday March 30, 2009 at 11:50 am Link to comment Report comment

    “more weaving Nick, telemetry shows that tyres aren’t getting up to temperature”

  4. Alonso is the Stig said...
    Monday March 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm Link to comment Report comment

    One question springs to mind……..Why!!!!!

  5. Screen Name said...
    Monday March 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Ok, we’re gonna need a very long track, that’s also very wide, with long slow corners… and probably Ken Block.
    F1 Winter Racing Series 2009 here we come!

  6. Flames said...
    Monday March 30, 2009 at 3:25 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Ever heard of rally studs?? That was a major anti climax…

  7. Capt. Schmee said...
    Monday March 30, 2009 at 3:58 pm Link to comment Report comment

    For the record, that’s the 2008 car. You can tell by the wider rear wing. Still, pretty cool to watch. Next I want to see them on pure ice, no snow!

  8. FerrariFan said...
    Monday March 30, 2009 at 4:38 pm Link to comment Report comment

    A snow race would probably end up like the night race… a huge anti-climax, maybe theyd just pust snow off the track in runoff areas or summat…

  9. Frenchdayz said...
    Monday March 30, 2009 at 8:00 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Snow and a steep incline seems like an entertaining prospect

  10. minimac93 said...
    Monday March 30, 2009 at 8:20 pm Link to comment Report comment

    How did Nick get BMW Sauber to agree to let him use the car on snow? I would say no!

  11. Greg said...
    Monday March 30, 2009 at 8:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    That’s not Heidfeld – the helmet is yellow. it’s probably either Christian Klien or Marko Asmer.

  12. fuzz said...
    Monday March 30, 2009 at 8:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    yeah thats a wonderful idea…. lets race a car on snow that weighs less than anything and has more power than everything….and lets not forget about the value of the car…..

    good job guys, great job, lets keep making smart decisions…

  13. A wise little dog said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 3:48 am Link to comment Report comment

    I imagine that is terrifying

  14. Absurd ! said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 8:56 am Link to comment Report comment

    i thot F1 cars are too complicated and wouldn’t even run in a temperature like that…
    there is so many things about F1 cars what you CAN’T do with them without destroyeing the engine…

  15. Absurd ! said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 8:57 am Link to comment Report comment

    but look’s cool though! :))

  16. Nidzo Makedonski said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 11:01 am Link to comment Report comment

    Has anybody noticed Ferrari rear view mirrors? They were pretty much unstable and shaking like crazy. I guess that the reason for wobbling is that they are in fact using them like aero stabilizers, not just rear view mirrors. I can’t imagine how did the drivers felt like watching behind them at 200 miles/h. Any one comment on that?

  17. Mr.T_81 said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 2:46 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Formula 1 one mixed surfaces??
    Has anyone ever heard of the WRC???!! ;)

  18. Mr.T_81 said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 2:48 pm Link to comment Report comment

    *on (!)

  19. Wobbletastic said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 5:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Yes I too have noticed Ferrari seem to be using the rear view mirrors as an excuse to get two extra spoilers. But then we all know they are cheats.

  20. blah said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 8:17 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Yes Nidzo, i’ll comment.

    You are not an aerospace engineer.
    You are not an F1 Engineer.
    You are not an expert in aerodynamics.

    You are undereducated to make such a hypothesis and observation.

    The FIA will judge what is within the rules,
    believe it or not they have a few qualifications between them.

  21. Wobbletastic said...
    Wednesday April 1, 2009 at 9:55 am Link to comment Report comment

    I think you’ll find the FIA will only change stuff if in doing so, it makes it more likely that Fezza will win.

  22. Lunchi said...
    Wednesday April 1, 2009 at 1:47 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It looks like they were testing / playing around on a horse racing track, judging from the barriers.

  23. Zat said...
    Friday April 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm Link to comment Report comment

    not as good and as action packed as i had expected

  24. Mikeado said...
    Monday April 6, 2009 at 2:06 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I guess if they held the British GP in February next year this would make great practice.

    Blah, you have to admit they aren’t the most practical mirrors on the grid and could easily be working as winglets.

  25. Stig's Irish Cousin said...
    Monday April 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm Link to comment Report comment

    We just don’t see F1 cars doing enough donuts bring on the snow!

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