I think the answer is very simple. Was Vettel capable of being more on the left?
the answer to that is just as simple: YES.
achieving that could have went 2 ways:
1. after regaining control at the middle of the track, with some speed, moving to the left, as the pictures above proves was possible.
2. before sliding onto the track, or whilst doing so, slow down further to avoid coming in the middle of the track, and as such be more on the left.
both were definately possible, even though as Vettel argumented scenario 2 would have been pretty hard and perhaps almost impossible.
scenario 1 however, was very much possible, BUT would have had the same effect as scenario 2 would have seen happening:
Hamilton going past with nothing to do about it anymore. meaning, losing the race in the latter stage due to a clumsy mistake.
I think Vettel has proven quite some time now that his nature is that he is both calculable and impulsive. in other words, he knows what might happen,
but still gets hotheaded and acts hotheaded instead of taking the wiser decision. Look at how he slammed into Hamilton in baku 2 years ago.
Look how he responded to the late charlie whiting in mexico. and look how he reacted when the race was finished.
So as in the FIA's decision to penalize him - as harsh as the outcome turned out for him, and ultimately, the team, the morale and all they're fighting for
at Ferrari - is, very much, a defendable and even deservable punishment.
Even more so because Hamilton had to make an 'emergency stop' to avoid collision, which compromised his race. Vettel compromised his own race but also that
of Hamilton, and let's be fair, that's not fair. It put Hamilton quite a distance behind him , whilst Lewis was very close behind him.
Even moreso, as Hamilton mentioned, he was probably going to overtake him anyway, and we all saw it more or less coming.
Instead, Vettel being under pressure collapsing, was again proven to happen, with that incident into the grass, which reminded me
very, very VERY much actually of the incident where Button (what was it, 2010, 2012?) was chasing him, ALSO in Canada,
and he spun which made it possible for Button to pass and win that GP.
Personally, i actually expected FIA to take no further action and call it a racing incident.
You might call that unfair - it might have been too.
But by actually penalizing Vettel 1 thing has been proven: they are most definately not in favour of Ferrari this year,
NOR are they artificially keeping the championship alive like has been mentioned in regards to the Vettel-Hamilton incident in baku 2 years ago.
On the other hand, there's now wide open for speculation that FIA is favouring and helping Mercedes.
Especially since there's already so much talk about how the tire changes have helped Mercedes quite a lot and other teams on the back foot.
One thing is clear though: it was an exiting race!
"Explain the ending to F1 in football terms"
"Hamilton was beating Verstappen 7-0, then the ref decided F%$& rules, next goal wins
while also sending off 4 Hamilton players to make it more interesting"