persovik wrote:Ciro, we can all agree that stewarding is difficult, but does that mean that stewards shouldn't be criticized? Given that stewarding is difficult, shouldn’t we ask for competent people to do the job? And not only stewarding of course, the whole pit entry - pit exit story clearly shows that there is a lot of incompetence in key positions when there is such an obvious solution to the problem, and no-one seems capable of thinking of it, let alone implement it.
Both entry and exit could easily be routed inside the kerbs of the last and first corner respectively, and I am amazed and appalled that this hasn’t been done.
Is there any other explanation than idiocy, incompetence and arrogance?
This problem was long in the making. Valencia had a test prior to running F1 and that is the true and proven way to do such things. they should have run any of the feeder series a week or two before the race there, particularly as they did not employ Tilke who has much recent experience.
Given that they discovered the problem on Friday I cannot understand that the FIA did not clarify how they were going to deal with the problem. I can understand that they may have been unable to change the pit entry and exit layout. but surely they were able to comment on the problem and abvise the drivers what would be the way they were going to handle things. a sensible way of doing this would be temporarily lifting the blocking rule in the pit entry until that problem was fixed.
Autosport wrote: ...Speaking about the incident, Heidfeld told autosport.com: "The GPS system does not work here. Normally we are pretty good from the team side to inform me of cars arriving, but here it is not just working. It doesn't show you cars, it then shows the wrong cars or the wrong positions. So I was not informed because the GPS does not work.
"The last part of the circuit was so tight and I watched the mirrors but you don't see cars coming. When I saw him (Rubens) I tried to do the best I could to get out of the way. After the white line I tried to be as quick into the pitlane without moving completely right and going into his way. It was the best I could do. But apparently not enough."
Heidfeld has said his annoyance at the matter has been increased because it should have been noted before the Grand Prix event started that the design of the pitlane entry would cause trouble.
"Even before the race weekend started it was obvious that there would be issues with the pitlane entry and pitlane exit, so I don't know why it wasn't thought through properly," said the German.
The current crop of FIA officials seems to be extraordinaryly concerned with making the FIA money from fines. It appears that they have lost sight of the dignity of the office of being a judge. justicia carries a sword to signify that the application of justice can hurt. if you use that sword unwise it looses it'sedge as the judge looses the respect of the judged.
the American constituion says the government derives it's powers from the consent of those it governs. I'm of the impression that the FIA is rapidly loosing the basis of being the governing body. I have been an advocate of the FIA for all my time observing the sport. I hate mindless FIA bashing. but I have predicted that the Spa decision will do catastrophic damage to the reputation of the FIA and more so than the Mosley affair. we are experiencing this now.