Edax wrote: ↑
Wed May 16, 2018 10:28 pm
If it wasn’t between teammates I would say yes. Irrespective of what VES did or didn’t do the descision to launch a complex overtake on his teammate late in the race when the only thing to be gained was bragging rights was not wise.
I wouldnt call it “launching a complex overtake”. He was driving at a much higher speed due to less drag (tow) and DRS. Essentially, across that long straight, he was much faster, gaining quickly.
He positioned his car to the right, but that space then started to narrow. In a last attempt, he then pointed his car to the new gap that was just created. At that point he was committed, a passenger. Then Max closed that gap too. Game over.
The only alternative for him would have been to abort 5 seconds earlier, brake/slow down and simply drive around the circuit following Max. Arguably, he attempted the overtake on that part of the track where an overtake had the best chance of succeeding. Giving up and simply following your team mate around the circuit wont exactly make him a more attractive driver for another team...
No matter which two drivers sit in which cars, no matter how much speed advantage the car behind brings to the table... if the car in front is allowed to move like Max did, there’s no way any safe and successful overtake can take place.