man, thats way cool. they let go of the wheel incase they hit the wall with the front end. that way it doesnt break thier fingers. you can still see them do it in the modern f1 races. now if they made a game that you could actually miss shifts, that would be cool huh? i had s friend who worked for some game company in boston or cambridge. it may have been papyrus. he used to go to all of the races and get all of the specs on the tracks and photograph the cars and shit like that. apparently the lines on the track were placed exactly on the pavement in the game as on the real thing. pretty cool.