You Don’t Have To Turn On The Red Light

I’m quite uncertain about the possibility of the cars being fitted with brake lights. Surely it goes against the whole principle of the sport? What I’m guessing, however, is that it isn’t for normal use. During a race a driver won’t need to find out when the car in front of him is about to break. He knows. They all break within a fraction of a second of each other, at the same point of the track, every lap. They know instinctively when to break. I imagine what the lights would be for is an emergency. I remember at Monaco the cars frequently pile into each other when there’s an accident up ahead because they’re not expecting anyone to be breaking then. At a track like that you drive mostly on instinct, not what you can see. So maybe it is a good idea. But then again, like the safety car, maybe it’s just part of being a good driver, being lucky, and getting through tough situations. I don’t know.

Added to this arena are the new lights on every driver’s steering wheel. No longer do we have blue flags. Drivers have a blue light on their wheel. When you think about it, it’s pretty incredible the drivers ever saw the blue flags. Will this change things?

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