TwanV wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:00 pm
I don't care who the subject is, this case is black and white for me. There shouldn't be a rule change, but apparently it is needed because P16 can have delusions of grandeur these days.
You're right, it doesn't matter who the subject is. The problem is in a way self-inflicted. We have different tires that allow different strategies and variety which in turn leads to the scenario that at some point, a midfield car can end up being significantly quicker than the top6 cars. Circumstance could lead to this happening to a car that is/was lapped already.
In 2012 (I think), this didn't happen to a 'midfield' car, but to Lewis Hamilton, who through circumstance ended up being lapped and then came out behind the leaders with much better pace. He then too 'unlapped' himself.
If it matters that the car is P16 who is unlapping himself, you could just as well say that any car outside the top10 can just as well park their cars and no longer race, since "no one cares". Obviously, no one wants that, so therefore, we can and should expect those cars to be fighting for every tenth just as the front guys are.
If circumstance then brings them together, it's utterly stupid if the lead car is 'racing' that lapped car (who is quicker at that stage of the race), just as it would be stupid if a car that is being lapped and shown blue flags to be racing the leaders who are coming through for position. Ergo, I think it's safe to say, Max was racing the wrong car. By also driving defensive (as in, going to the inside into T1), he got on the dirty side of the track, picked up marbles and compromised his "race" with Hamilton. He should have just yielded, let Ocon through and concentrate on managing his race against the guy he was
Everyone on the grid I think gets this, just Max didn't? I am quite frankly baffled why Ocon was punished with the 10s stop&go, because this is seriously sending the wrong signal.