Physics (laws of motion and conservation of momentum) says that Vettel most definitely wouldn't have made the corner had Max not been there.Wynters wrote: ↑Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:15 pmIn this case, it's very easy to see that Max did not give Vettel a car's width. Vettel was already off track, even with their wheels were interlocked.
Vettel already has his front wing alongside as they are passing the last braking board. I don't see how you can call this a 'dive bomb' and not invalidate every pass made involving taking the inside line into a corner.
It's worth noting that even Verstappen doesn't call it a 'Dive bomb', instead he asks what Vettel was thinking trying to overtake there. Also, despite the initial contact coming from Vettel's right front moving into Verstappen's left front, it's a light contact. It's not until Verstappen's left rear moves into, and heavily hits, Vettel's right front that there is heavy contact. This indicates that Verstappen was travelling significantly faster than Vettel at that point. If you are worried about 'going too fast to make the corner' then, by the time of the second impact, Verstappen is the one most at risk of that. Personally, I think it's obvious both would've made the corner comfortably if there had been no impact.
The momentum Vettel's car transferred to Max's shunted him right off the track in a direction at right angles to where he was originally headed, therefore, it is safe to conclude that Vettel himself would have ended up there had Max managed to evade the crash. Action and reaction are equal and opposite.
It was a dive.
You might have missed the interview on the day, but Max also states that Vettel "dived" at the end of this video: