FLC wrote:Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the following article from appendix L addresses this pit lane entry issue?Entrance to the pit lane
a) The section of track leading to the pit lane shall be referred to as the “pit entry”.
b) During competition access to the pit lane is allowed only through the pit entry.
c) Any driver intending to leave the track or to enter the pit lane should make sure that it is safe to do so.
d) Except in cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the Stewards of the Meeting), the crossing, in any direction, of the line separating the pit entry and the track is prohibited.
vall wrote:FLC, could you post a ling to these regulations? I can't find that part.
f) Black and white flag divided diagonally
This flag should be shown once only and is a warning to the driver concerned that he has been reported for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
richard_leeds wrote:Just_a_fan wrote:to prevent the risk of a mechanic getting injured in the next side-by-side pitlane race, how about a car-length kerb between each pit box and the pitlane? That would stop people trying to run the whole length of the pitlane adjacent to another car.
Nice one. So a car veering slightly off track is guaranteed to loose control? A person caught by surprise would trip as they tried to move out of the way?
Lets base this rule making on facts. Can anyone recall an injury to a mechanic that was not caused by a car from his own team? There are one or two, but I suspect a tiny minority. Of that tiny minority, how many are from a car straying from the fast lane into a pit?
No need for panic rule making.
lebesset wrote:pit exit is a totally different rule ; you must keep 100% inside the length of the line or automatic penalty ....this rule is enforced 100% , can't remember if the penalty is 10sec or a drive through , the latter I think , been a while since I saw it ..rosberg maybe ?
point is , the drivers know exactly where they stand which is why you don't see it normally , there is a definition whether or not a wheel on the line is in or out
richard_leeds wrote:I'm still at a loss as to why we need a specific regulation for the pit entry beyond the current general rules of safe racing. Why is it any different to any other bend or chicane on the circuit?
jac wrote: We can argue all we want, but Lewis is definitely feeling
pressured by Jenson's ability.
BreezyRacer wrote:I neither love not hate LH. However I have to say that his driving and his behavior on track this year has been reckless and uncomplimentary.
That pit issue today was just STUPID .. the only thing more stupid than that was that he wasn't heavily penalized for it. Passing someone thru a single pit entrance is dangerous, and then racing between wheels down the pit lane on exit was doubly so. I will also acknowledge that Alonso also managed the same bone headed passing move on Massa at pit in.
The weaving issue last race was just pure simple illegal driving. Period.
Bad mouthing his team in Australia was very low class, to say the least.
So something is up with Hamilton, and I think his name is Button. I will openly admit that I thought Button had nothing for LH, but I've been proven wrong, twice now. Button is far better than I gave him credit for. OTOH, LH is just becoming an ass, and the idea of drivers as race marshalls doesn't seem to work too well.
These on track moves are NOT judgment calls, but flagrant disregard for racing safety and fairness. Soon someone will be hurt, or worse. I can only hope that when LH creates the next stupid desperate move he'll get the short end of the stick.
I'm sure Vettel is thinking now that he should have just squeezed LH to the grass on pit exit. LH has got to shape up or pay a price for these pointless and risky moves. That's my opinion of course.