- Joined Dec 18, 2015
You know, it didn't seem that noticeable back then. I guess it was cuz it always happened, so it felt inevitable at some point. DNFs were a common thing. Now the reliability has been so good that when a reliability-related DNF happens, it's pretty noticeable and surprising. IIRC, Kimi had McLaren seasons where he had more retirements than race-finishes. Schumi probably had the best reliability at the time... Schumi... not Ferrari or Rubens... cuz Rubens had his share of DNFs as well.Currently watching the race review for 2001. Started with 1997.
F1 was mad brutal in the nineties and early 2000's Jeeeeeez!
Driveshaft, hydraulics, engine, clutch, gearbox, oil leak, etc. No one was safe
Here I was thinking I had it bad after Malaysia 2016 but that must have paled in comparison to some of Hakkinen's failures.
Being a Mclaren fan would've been hard back then. Not sure I could've done it. My stress levels will have been real high.
I wonder if it was a Adrian Newey trait but its not like the other cars didn't break down either.
The west livery is my 2nd favourite Mclaren livery. They had the best looking cars in all the reviews I've watched.
Also a lot more crashes and spins on the grid but I wonder if that was due to less downforce perhaps. A lot of stalling too.
Spare cars are such a damn luxury. I can't believe those were a thing
Barichello had to have had the worst no.2 driver role. Man, Ferrari did him dirty