myurr wrote:@NathanOlder - I have to agree. This does smack of an FIA cover up, at least to a degree.
Also why was Webber penalised for colliding with the Torro Rosso, but Perez escaped punishment for crowding Raikkonen off the track and causing an incident?
Simple – because Webber was 100% at fault – he plain and simple drove into the side of Vergne. Perez meanwhile probably never even knew Raikonnen was there, he attacked from so far back, and went to a side where he stood no chance of getting past at all.
I know several people on here have blamed Kimi for that incident but the letter of the law is clear. If a competitor has any part of their car alongside your own, you have to leave them at least a cars width to the edge of the track. This was a new rule introduced last year (I believe). Kimi clearly had at least his front wing and part of his wheel alongside Perez's car, and yet Perez then moved over to the edge of the circuit forcing Kimi off the track. It shouldn't matter whether or not Perez saw him and knew he was there, the rule is clear and he is clearly in breach of it. Did the stewards even look into it? Chandhok's analysis of it on sky said that Perez was clearly in the wrong and he was surprised that he didn't get a penalty.
The rule comes into effect when you're defending, Perez wasn't defending – he was simply driving his normal racing line.