raymondu999 wrote:GrizzleBoy wrote:What about the fact that Vettel was constantly using the run off areas as a part of the track lap after lap?
It wasn't just that one time. He was "going wide" almost every opportunity and was gaining time all the while.
I don't think it was helping him actually. The kerbing in Hockenheim is either quite high, or has astro - and if you run wide on exit kerbs like that it's like running over a big bump, or losing control. Point being I don't think he was running wide on exits on purpose to gain time - I think he was just driving ragged really.
I completely agree with this. Vettel was extremely ragged in the final stint and, whilst its possible he may have been trying to run wide to gain advantage, he was far too wide and wild for it to have beenfitted him. Like I said before, his driving at this point of the race was a further sign of his poor temperament when things don't go his way.
Regarding the penalty, as Martin Brundle pointed out, there's a bit of a problem with consistency (as ever) with how this rule is enforced. As someone pointed out, the run off at turn one in SPa has always been used in this way and people always ran off the track at Magny Cours to gain advantage, so it's far from a clear cut rule. Nevertheless, there was no need for Vettel to take the risk, as he clearly had the tyres on Button at that stage race, and was going to get through sooner or later with a bit more patience; his problem was that he was still thinking he could get Alonso, who was busy doing a stunning penultimate lap of the race!