jwielage wrote:I honestly believe he had no nefarious thoughts about 'blocking' Alonso. The guy was in a complicated situation (so complicated it took the stewards ~30 laps to make a decision on) and was both indecisive and unsure of the rules. Simple as that. If there is one entity that should take the blame it's the FIA for having such convoluted rules that neither the drivers, the teams or the stewards can easily interpret them.
This is a fair set of statements. In all likelyhood there was no conspiracy, and no intentional wrong doing on the part of the stewards or race control.
Unfortunatly reality and perception are two seperate and very important things. The perception left in the eyes of many viewers was that the race results appeared "manipulated". The perception of this event calls into question the competancy and motivation of the officiating crew. It challenges the notions of fairness and sportsmanship, and leaves the door open for conspiracy theorists.
As for Hamilton, I think he knew exactly what he was doing. I don't blame him though because he gamed the system, and the system allowed it.
IMO yesterday did a lot of damage to the sport's reputation.
Do you really think that Lewis thought, 'mmm if I just pause here and then boot it I will get past the safety car and leave Fred stuck behind it, and if I get it slightly wrong it won't matter because a midfield car will gamble on not coming in, hold the rest of the field up and allow me to serve a penalty if I get one without issue?'
Lewis saw the car, instinctively paused slightly and then realised it will still in the pit lane, behind the safety car line and booted it. As it happened he was less than 2m too slow.
How much could Fred actually see from his seating position a couple of inches off the ground. Could he clearly see the lines, or did he just get on the radio to complain anyway and then lucked in to Lewis having made a mistake?