Pyrone89 wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:17 pm
Albon and the wall in Hockenheim disagree with you
You'll have to explain that as it doesn't seem to affect what I said (that you didn't even have the courtesy to quote...
Phil wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:50 pm
IMO, i really dont think Lewis was punished for doing something wrong, he was punished because Albon’s race was ruined and thus for the consequence, not a “crime”.
In the same sense, Albon wasnt punished on lap1 because there was no “consequence” because Lewis avoided heavy contact by going off track. Maybe why Leclerc also wasnt punished at Monza last year either, because again, Lewis avoided a crash and thus there was no “consequence” to punish.
Personally, i think it’s wrong to punish based on consequence. It assumes in this case that Albon was free of any responsability. What would the stewards have done if Lewis had suffered a broken suspension and Albon had carried on in 2nd place without issue? Would he have then received that 5 second time penalty for “ruining Lewis’s race”? Somehow, i think yes, which IMO underlines the stupidity of the penalty in the first place.
This is partly the reason. Like you say if Albon escaped unharmed and Hamilton retired with a broken suspension they would have punished Albon for not making the overtake clean and not using space on the outside. (well maybe if it wasn't Hamilton but some other driver in his place)
The other reason is that Hamilton is making the title fight "boring" and there are legions of haters (even racist ones that call him monkey and worse - banned a couple in this very forum) that must be placated and the show must go on. So they will drop the hammer on Hamilton every time they can and even when they shouldn't.
PlatinumZealot wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:25 pm
matt_b wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:44 pm
SiLo wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:25 am
Thoughts on the idea that Mercedes should have asked Bottas to let Hamilton through to build the gap to keep the 1-2 or 1-3? Ive seen people saying Bottas wouldn't let it happen because of the WDC, which I understand, but also that in the first race of the season the team is going to want to maximise points as much as possible.
I wondered why they didn't let Lewis past then it occurred to me what if Lewis opened up a 5 second gap to Bottas, how awkward would that be
or what if LeClerc caught Bottas and they made contact, I think Mercedes just couldn't decide on what to do in time and just wanted to secure the win with the leading car in the race. Ultimately they were caught napping not pitting when everyone else did which seems to be a common pattern with their strategy team.
This is the exact reason i think. Also they were worried about tyres. So yes agreed they didnt have the quick thinking like what RedBull or Ferrari typically have. They like a steady ship.
This was completely a stupid move by Mercedes. They could have even told Lewis not to open a bigger gap than 5 seconds to Bottas. Remember when Bottas let Hamilton pass him to fight the car in front in the last laps of a race, but when he failed, Hamilton gave back the position on the last lap to Bottas? They have behaved like gentlemen so far and I think sadly Bottas misbehaved twice this race.