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So after the sad death of Jules Bianchi yesterday. I was thinking, should F1 have canopies(Closed Cockpits) or not? Here is the reason why I think so. Bianchi, Senna and Tom Pryce's(unfortunately, even if he did have a canopy, that Marshall would have still died) deaths could have been prevented if they had a canopy, as a Foreign Object entered the cockpit area and hit them on the head. Other drivers whose accidents could have been prevented with Canopies are Ratzenberger, Maria De Villota and others. As for drivers who survived these accidents, Massa's accident in Hungary 2009 could have been prevented had he had a canopy, and so would a lot of other drivers. Anyways, the only cons according to a lot of people is that the Canopy is too slow to come off in the event of a serious accident, so why not an ejection system where it ejects the canopy only? This could have safety issues. Or at least a fast Canopy open system. If F1 keeps up, I expect one death on the same day as the race by 2020. Death still haunts the circuits, and there will always be risk, even with canopies. Refuelling may return in 2017 as well, increasing risk as fuel can be quite flammable, remember Jos Verstappen's accident in 1994? That could have been prevented with a canopy, as the area around his eyes burnt. Like I said, even with canopies and closed cockpits, death will still haunt motorsport, Dale Earnhardt for example, died in Nascar with a closed cockpit. And Keith O'Dor in the British Touring Car Championship died when a car T Boned him. Here is one more thing I need to post before you start chatting about it. A reminder of these people's deaths, and that there will always be risk. https://www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk/images/motorsportdangerouswarning.gif
2015 FIA Formula One World Championship Drivers and Constructors: Mercedes Chassis: F1 W06 Hybrid 6. Nico Rosberg 44. Lewis Hamilton Red Bull-Renault Chassis: RB11 3. Daniel Ricciardo 26. Daniil Kvyat Williams-Mercedes Chassis: FW37 19. Felipe Massa 77. Valtteri Bottas Ferrari Chassis: SF15-T 5. Sebastian Vettel 7. Kimi Raikkonen McLaren-Honda Chassis: MP4-30 14. Fernando Alonso 22. Jenson Button Force India-Mercedes Chassis: VJM08 11. Sergio Perez 27. Nico Hulkenberg Toro Rosso-Renault Chassis: STR10 33. Max Verstappen 55. Carlos Sainz, Jr. Lotus-Mercedes Chassis: E23 Hybrid 8. Romain Grosjean 13. Pastor Maldonado Sauber-Ferrari Chassis: C34 9. Marcus Ericsson 12. Felipe Nasr Both Caterham and Manor are subject to conformation. Races: Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit - Melbourne - 15th March 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix - Sepang International Circuit - Kuala Lumpur - 29th March 2015 Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - 12th April 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix - Bahrain International Circuit - Sakhir - 19th April 2015 Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya - Barcelona - 10th May 2015 Monaco Grand Prix - Circuit de Monaco - Monte Carlo - 24th May 2015 Canadian Grand Prix - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve - Montreal - 7th June 2015 Austrian Grand Prix - Red Bull Ring - Spielberg - 21st June 2015 British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit - Silverstone - 5th July 2015 German Grand Prix - *To be confirmed* - 19th July 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix - Hungaroring - Budapest - 26th July 2015 Belgian Grand Prix - Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps - Stavelot - 23rd August 2015 Italian Grand Prix - Autodromo Nazionale Monza - Monza - 6th September 2015 Singapore Grand Prix - Marina Bay Street Circuit - Singapore - 20th September 2015 Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka Circuit - Suzuka - 27th September 2015 Russian Grand Prix - Sochi Autodrom - Sochi - 11th October 2015 United States Grand Prix - Circuit of the Americas - Austin, Texas - 25th October 2015 Mexican Grand Prix - Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez - Mexico City - 1st November 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix - Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace - Sao Paulo - 15th November 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Yas Marina Circuit - Abu Dhabi - 29th November 2015
With just over a week to go until the first Grand Prix of the year begins, I thought I'd make a thread to discuss the sport. So, are there any other bronies out there who like Formula One? And if there are, who do you think will win the WDC? I have a feeling that Button has a good chance this year.