Nando wrote:Well if anyone listened to what Narain said things would be more clear on the incident. He hit the white line, rear end came around so he had to catch it but Vettel was there so they collided. = Race incident.
Vettel could have left more space, Narain could have taken it easier.
That story has no credibility and it wasn't believed by the stewards. Johnny Herbert has publicly stated after the race that Karthikeyan should not have moved right into Vettel.
Kartikeyan slipped on the white line at corner entry. The accident was on corner exit. The slip was at least 50m away from the point of accident and he had well recovered from that by the time he passed the corner apex. All video evidence - and most likely the telemetry traces shown at the steward's meeting - showed that Karthikeyan had no traction problems and had room enough to avoid the white line. A simple case of cop out on his behalves that did not work in the face of the evidence.
mmracer, a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still. This explains your problem here.
The real problem for Vettel started with the international comment going out that he had cut across Kartihikeyan just like in Turkey 2010. At this time nobody could have analysed the accident with care or all material available. Somebody just had an impression and aired it to the world because it made a nice hero to zero story. As you hear from some of our honoured members here it was just what they wanted to hear and they see no reason to look at further evidence.
Then there are also - as one can expect - those who fabricate their own rules what drivers are supposed to do and not. As you say the facts are simple and clear:
- Karthikeyan was under blue flags and was required to let any lapping driver pass as soon as possible. That means right at that corner exit and not during the next three corners as someone suggested.
- Vettel had to give enough room, which he did. Video evidence at the point when Vettel was alongside showed between two and three wheel widths of lateral space. This was plenty enough even if Kartikeyan had to move a little bit to the right to avoid touching the white line once again.
- Vettel did not go left. His driving was correct. He had given room and then ran in a straight line. He was completely entitled to choose his line as long as he gave Karthikeyan the room, which he did.
The accident was entirely Karthikeyan's fault. What is even worse is the arrogance and sense of entitlement he showed in the press statements. He spoke of bullying when he was supposed to make room by the rules as if he had the right to race the leaders. It appears the guy doesn't even know the rules, like some of the gentlemen with more adventurous opinions on this board.
The same people who cannot be bothered to appreciate your effort for a solid analysis then come down very hard on young Vettel for his "rudeness". That is sheer hypocrisy. Why all this sudden political correctness that we have not historically seen in F1? Senna, Irvine, Mansell, Picquet, Villeneuve, Montoya or Schumacher were never shy to offer fisticuffs, rude gestures or rude language. It was always accepted as an over reaction to the massive emotions that are released in a driver at that time. You can make a page long list of drivers who approached each other with less than gentleman like demeanour. I'm not saying it is ideal, but we should let it go without a lot of silly ado. As someone said at Autosport forums: http://forums.autosport.com/index.php?showtopic=165479&view=findpost&p=5646059
To be fair the commentary especially on the forums is mainly from those simply looking for an excuse to have a go at a driver they love to hate on. A perfect ivory tower was erected and occupied by those who could not wait to do so.
I let that stand as my final word to the gentlemen who call for PC here. Let them have their hate and have my thanks for a job well done.