F1: Coulthard analyses his Barcelona problems

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarTuesday, May 6th, 2008

 
 

David Coulthard’s on-track performances have been making news for all the wrong reasons recently – from crashes with Adrian Sutil and Timo Glock to being illegally cut up by Giancarlo Fisichella and let down by tyre choices in qualifying.

In his latest column for the ITV F1 site the veteran racer lets fly at a few decisions made by fellow drivers – and explains how he keeps going in the face of adversity.

This bit is particularly amusing:

It’s very frustrating, but there’s little point in over-analysing what was a simple mistake by Timo. I had just come out of the pits, he tried a desperate manoeuvre under braking for turn five and got it wrong — end of story.

I think he said “the door was open and then it closed” — well that’s called a racing line, which the first racing drivers invented many, many years ago.

A racing line will always involve taking a wide arc on entry to a corner and cutting the apex to give you the largest radius and thereby maintain as much speed as possible. But maybe in Germany or GP2 they have a different philosophy!

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