turbof1 wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:43 pm
To be fair, there are no real regulations in place for unlapping. It's all based on spoken words, gentlemen's agreements, a whole lot of assumptions and a vast majority depending on opinion. No matter who you think is right or wrong in the end, a lack of clear, written regulation on what an unlapping driver is allowed to, is always going to leave room for differences in opinion.
IMO there are only two ways one can judge this incident:
Lapped/Unlapped being irrelevant. E.g. would you judge the situation the same if it were a fight for position and not a backmarker unlapping himself. If yes, and they were fighting for an actual position against each other, was Max in the right to turn to the apex and cutting off another car who was crowding that space while decently alongside?
Lapped car being a relevant, therefore attributing a higher “right” to one of the cars, most likely Verstappen because he was a full lap ahead. If yes, what would one expect a lapped car to do (who is allowed to unlap himself)? Jump out of the way every time the leader comes close? Brake and back out of any maneuver, regardless of the move had a legitimate chance to succeed?
If it’s #1, we can judge it as a black/white race situation between two cars battling for position.
However, the reason the stewards punished Ocon is because they deemed the fact that he was indeed lapped and in the process of unlapping himself to be highly relevant. One must consider though that as Turbo says, there is no rule that clarifies what is expected of a driver unlapping himself, under what conditions, what is deemed as “safe” and especially how he is allowed to behave if the car he is overtaking is not being coorporative and playing ball. This is where I think Max stuffed it for himself and took an unnecessary risk - he wasnt being cooporative, he was defending and battling his position. Is that supposed to be within his right and how far is he to go?