rogazilla wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:20 pm
I have been waiting for this to turn into a debate with graphs (frame by frame analysis) and videos like we had in Austria for Max's move on LeClerc. Guess people don't have the same enthusiasm when Max is not involved.
Braking and moves on a straight are and have always been treated differently to those in a corner and specifically in corner exit.
The natural way to corner is to swing out wide to the exit, everyone does this every lap on every corner when in single file so if someone commits to a normal corner and then someone makes a late move around the outside the guy in first already committed to a speed and angle that will take them out wide. This is why there are discussions about when and where the outside car needs to be to deserve room on exit, which over the years was generally held to be roughly level or slightly ahead at the apex to deserve room on exit. This is because someone late on the outside will rarely be level or ahead at the apex of the guy on the inside so if it's a late overtake attempt on the outside you can't punish the guy who went into the corner ahead for not being able to break the laws of physics and reduce his speed massively without simply losing the car mid corner. If someone on the inside gets ahead by corner entry then it's rare the move won't have started before or into the braking zone, again leaving the guy on the outside time to react and reduce speed, also with more space on the outside to slow and turn away from a tight line.
On a straight the rules were pretty much always perfectly clear. You can't just block side to side repeatedly. If someone gets alongside you can't run them off the road and while you can move back towards the racing line for the corner you must leave a cars width of space if there is a car in, or practically in that space.
Straight lines are simple, you won't lose the car if you stay straight, the back end won't go out, you won't understeer or oversteer. THe rules for space on a straight are ridiculously simple and straightforward, the rules in space on corner exit are significantly more complex and open to interpretation.
Implying that people are less interested because they are all Max fanboys and wanted to prove him wrong, or Ferrari fan boys wanting to prove Max was in the wrong and no one wants to talk about this is frankly ridiculous. The Leclerc move was so black and white, with no shades of grey that they literally waved a black and white flag for it. The only question really is that the stewards were too weak to punish it appropriately. After the stink Ferrari caused at Canada over a frankly also ridiculous move from Vettel (far far worse than what Leclerc did), the sport as a whole was simply to afraid to take another win from Ferrari and in particular at Monza.