Scorpaguy wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:19 pm
Max has a rabid fan base...one that thinks he is incapable of bad judgement. Fact is...all racers can (and do) make mistakes. I also think Max's fans think any criticism of him is an impugnment of his ability...hardly. Personally,I think his raw talent is unmatched on the current grid and given equal equipment, none of today's drivers would beat him.
Unfortunately, this sport does not offer parity in equipment nor circuits that are conducive to overtaking. That, and he has a father and team hierarchy that have always encouraged his "elbows-out" style...thus, the unapologetic dive bomb. In this most recent Spa case...bad start leads to the "red mist" leads to ultra late braking leads to...ouch!
Usually, Max's dives are orchestrated with the 2 cars converging on a much sharper angle resulting in the outside car serving as "bumpstop" (often "bumpstopped" into a spin or right off the track). This convergence with Kimi was much more obtuse and the resulting energy dissipation manifested into much different results.
Looking back at 18 Brazil, Max vs. Ocon, this incident also did not end well for him, horrific floor damage. Yet Max continued to drive the wheels off that car. This kid can drive!
Literally multiple people in this thread are saying he's run out of talent, hasn't grown up, didn't make these mistakes before, other drivers don't make them and similar. They literally are impugning his ability.
But he went for a MASSIVE gap, with a better car, when Kimi left the door wide open then when he was miles alongside Kimi smashed the door shut despite the rules of racing saying Kimi has to leave space there. One guy changed line, one guy turned into another guy who was there and only one guy wasn't entitled to space there.
THe convergence was obtuse, because Kimi changed from a middle line to cutting about 3 cars width across the track into him and being completely ignorant of the fact a car was on his inside. Kimi was no where near committed to that line before Max was up the inside.
In what situation is going into a minimum 3 car wide gap... risky, or dangerous, or anything bad, where as when is turning directly into a car alongside you completely fine?
I'm also if anything more of a Hamilton fan, but really just a fan of anyone who drives fast and well, I don't do nationality (I'm english) I don't care what a driver is like away from the track and I don't really care who wins races beyond deserving it/being the fastest guy on the day. Kimi has a history of multiple turn one incidents much like this, as does Vettel, and people always seem to blame the people who happen to get in their way of treating the first corner like it was the middle of the race with no one around them. The blind defending of a guy who cut across the track to an apex he wasn't entitled to and the blind blame for someone who had all the space in the world that every driver in a faster car with better brakes would take is crazy to me.
The Racing Point pulled out not because of Kimi, but because Max was faster, in a better car he knew could easily out brake him. Kimi just decided Racing point gone, tracks probably clear (it wasn't) and turned in blindly.