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Justin Wilson: Too tall for F1!

Postby podium guy » Fri Aug 09, 2002 12:37 pm

Justin Wilson has been booted out of Formula 1 because of his height. What are your views on this. Height never stopped Gerhard Berger!
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Postby John » Fri Aug 09, 2002 12:39 pm

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Postby Farzad » Fri Aug 09, 2002 1:04 pm

It's true. I read there is no way he can drive this year becasue no car would fit him.

Seriously. I'll post a link.
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Postby Ian » Fri Aug 09, 2002 1:27 pm

Farzad wrote:It's true. I read there is no way he can drive this year becasue no car would fit him.

Seriously. I'll post a link.


This is the reason why he was looking for a career in CART or IRL rather than F1 because the cars are bigger in those series.

Incidently does this mean that the cars in F3000 are bigger. He seemed to have few problems with those cars. After all he did win the 2001 championship.

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Postby MiÑardi » Fri Aug 09, 2002 1:58 pm

What?!?! just look at Alex Wurz!! he couldn't have been that much smaller. grr :evil:
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Postby Mawerick » Fri Aug 09, 2002 2:11 pm

Well, Wilson is 6ft3", which is roughly 190.5 cms.
He's not THAT tall imho... 8)
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Postby Richard » Fri Aug 09, 2002 2:18 pm

life aint fair is it? I'm small and I can't do certain things, but your height shudn't stop you!
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Postby Billy R. Hinshaw » Fri Aug 09, 2002 2:20 pm

A question for you guys,
I'm 5'7" and I'm growing with fast pace, and I wish to drive F1.
May I be able to race in the not-too distant future?
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Postby McLarenrulesDCR » Fri Aug 09, 2002 2:21 pm

well, this means I have no chance in F1 because i'm 14 years old and I'm about 5'11
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Postby Marcus » Fri Aug 09, 2002 3:01 pm

Billy R. Hinshaw wrote:I wish to drive F1


Cool, so what championships have you won so far Billy?
By your age all the current drivers had several awards.
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Postby Mawerick » Fri Aug 09, 2002 3:02 pm

Marcus wrote:
Billy R. Hinshaw wrote:I wish to drive F1


Cool, so what championships have you won so far Billy?
By your age all the current drivers had several awards.


Yea, Häkkinen started karting when he was 5yrs old.
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Postby Gábrci » Fri Aug 09, 2002 3:08 pm

Billy R. Hinshaw wrote:A question for you guys,
I'm 5'7" and I'm growing with fast pace, and I wish to drive F1.
May I be able to race in the not-too distant future?


Sure, I have no doubt about it. I'll call Luca now to sack that idiot german and sign you.
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Postby Waldorf » Fri Aug 09, 2002 3:23 pm

MiÑardi wrote:What?!?! just look at Alex Wurz!! he couldn't have been that much smaller. grr :evil:


Wurz is 6'1"; Wilson is 6'3". This can be a big difference when you're talking about the close confines of an F1 car. He said he felt comfortable enough in the Minardi, but Stoddart says that Wilson's size meant that he wouldn't be able to meet the FIA safety standards. I'm not sure what would be the problem, but it could be that he was too wedged in to be able to exit the cockpit quickly (I had the same experience in an upside-down kayak in an icy river; quite unpleasant, let me tell you!), or his head might be too far out to be protected by the roll bar, or his feet might be too far into the nose. Whatever it was, it will probably keep him out of F1 for the near future. I'd suggest he look into sports car racing.

Also, one of the reasons Wurz had trouble finding/keeping an F1 seat was his size.
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Postby Max2147 » Fri Aug 09, 2002 3:56 pm

I think it was Bousten that once had to give up a drive because his head blocked the airbox of his car. I think the safety standard thing has to do with either his head not being sufficiently covered by the rollbar, or being too high above the cockpit sides.

I heard somewhere that Jordan tried to get him to replace Fisi at France, but he was too tall. However, they took his measurments, so if they want him in the future they can design/modify a car to fit him.
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Postby Farzad » Fri Aug 09, 2002 4:02 pm

Billy R. Hinshaw wrote:A question for you guys,
I'm 5'7" and I'm growing with fast pace, and I wish to drive F1.
May I be able to race in the not-too distant future?


You better be winning some karting championships these days.

On topic: A few years ago I was looking into a driving school and you had to be less than 6'1" and 200 lbs. I'm short but not that skinny. :(

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Postby Farzad » Fri Aug 09, 2002 4:05 pm

Mawerick wrote:Well, Wilson is 6ft3", which is roughly 190.5 cms.
He's not THAT tall imho... 8)


So he's not freakishly big like a certain Finn we know. :D
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Postby RyDocF1 » Fri Aug 09, 2002 5:39 pm

Mawerick wrote:
Marcus wrote:
Billy R. Hinshaw wrote:I wish to drive F1


Cool, so what championships have you won so far Billy?
By your age all the current drivers had several awards.


Yea, Häkkinen started karting when he was 5yrs old.


But as for Raikkonen? Wasnt he a late starter, or just a very early F1 driver? Stick to your dream Billy!
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Postby Varun » Fri Aug 09, 2002 6:02 pm

Mawerick wrote:Well, Wilson is 6ft3", which is roughly 190.5 cms.
He's not THAT tall imho... 8)


For you Maw. :D But for guys like us he is pretty tall :D I read this some time ago at F1 Live. He could have driven the Minardi if it hadn't been for his height or somethin like that.
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Postby Jork » Fri Aug 09, 2002 6:20 pm

RyDocF1 wrote:But as for Raikkonen? Wasnt he a late starter, or just a very early F1 driver? Stick to your dream Billy!

Nah, that was Sato - he started when he was seventeen or something. Kimi's been karting for years.
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Postby iNTRO » Sat Aug 10, 2002 9:22 am

Billy R. Hinshaw wrote:A question for you guys,
I'm 5'7" and I'm growing with fast pace, and I wish to drive F1.
May I be able to race in the not-too distant future?


It's a great idea indeed, but the possibilities are quite limited, cause the cockpit has a limit in width as well ;)

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Postby Billy R. Hinshaw » Sat Aug 10, 2002 10:07 am

Gábrci wrote:
Billy R. Hinshaw wrote:A question for you guys,
I'm 5'7" and I'm growing with fast pace, and I wish to drive F1.
May I be able to race in the not-too distant future?


Sure, I have no doubt about it. I'll call Luca now to sack that idiot german and sign you.


You've got to be kidding me.
You'd do that? 8O
No way!
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Postby Billy R. Hinshaw » Sat Aug 10, 2002 10:08 am

iNTRO wrote:
Billy R. Hinshaw wrote:A question for you guys,
I'm 5'7" and I'm growing with fast pace, and I wish to drive F1.
May I be able to race in the not-too distant future?


It's a great idea indeed, but the possibilities are quite limited, cause the cockpit has a limit in width as well ;)

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Har, har, har, very funny. :?
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Postby Billy R. Hinshaw » Sat Aug 10, 2002 10:09 am

Marcus wrote:
Billy R. Hinshaw wrote:I wish to drive F1


Cool, so what championships have you won so far Billy?
By your age all the current drivers had several awards.


Give me a break, will you?
First, my parents need to trust me to drive in public first!
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Postby Billy R. Hinshaw » Sat Aug 10, 2002 10:13 am

Plus another thing, I'd need to build up experience, first.
I really don't want to do what Jenson Button, or Kimi Raikkonen did, only race in a few races, then BOOM! you're in F1.
No, I don't want to do that.
I'll just do an "Allan McNish", and maybe start in my late 20's or early 30's after I've built enough experience and trust.
Hey, maybe, I'll be the oldest rookie in F1 history!! :lol::lol::D
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Postby John » Sat Aug 10, 2002 10:14 am

Billy Billy...

You don't seriously think you can get a drive in F1?
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