Pandamasque wrote:...Had the Virgin car driven at its normal pace those two wouldn't catch him up until T3 at least. By that time they'd sort their fight for position and lap him one by one.
Given the larger speed differentials this year, would it be safer if the backmarkers maintained their pace and kept to their line? A rapidly approaching car would be better able to predict where that car is going to be (and how far ahead) and make an overtaking move at a time of their choosing.
The downside of that is of course lapping cars of more comparable speed. Especially with the current crop of cars. In these cases, the driver would have to make a big move under braking to get alongside. The rules could then be clarified to say that although the backmarkers are not required to slow down or give up the racing line they are not allowed to block and once the a wheel is put alongside they must concede the apex.
I do remember in the 80s that coming up against backmarkers was a much bigger deal and that certain drivers were renouned for dispatching backmarkers more decisevely than others. When did that morph in to the current strict observance of the blue flags?