polsongrizz wrote:I had to watch a few laps of Indy cars at COTA today just to see how their lap times compared to F1. It was about what I expected, Indy cars about 15 Sec slower then F1.
F1 cars have superior braking, acceleration, downforce, and lateral grip than an Indy car, so they're going to win on a road course. Go to a very tight street circuit like Monaco and the F1 would dominate even more.
That being said, Indy drivers have balls of steel, especially on ovals. They're basically out there for two hours, on the very edge of popping that right front tire or losing grip in the rear and plowing the wall at a track like Indy or Texas at 180+.
Indy cars were doing 240mph twenty years ago and they finally got so dangerous that they had to dial them back. It's still a very dangerous sport though, as evidenced by the injuries and fatalities. F1 has really made their courses very safe with proper runoffs, traps, and crash barriers. F1 goes seasons without serious injury nowadays. The next one is almost certain to be a car to car collision rather than a car to track collision, as the tracks are so perfect.