Phil wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:27 pm
Andres125sx wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:20 pm
Sorry but that´s not fair. With two cars in parallel, none can go from edge to edge. I really am struggling to understand how someone with track experience as yourself can continue ignoring such a basic rule to justify Max
There's precedence for the car on the inside having a certain "right" to the corner and his racing line, however unfair that may seem to you. Leclerc conceded that line himself when he chose to stay on the outside and invite Max to go there. If he hadn't wanted that, he should have driven defensively by going there and covering it before Max stuck his nose there.
My post was to explain why that is and why following a car parallel but on the outside is a risky and vulnerable position to be in. As per the rules, deliberate
crowding is not allowed. If you simply understeer or by the trajectory you committed yourself to leads towards the outside, it's not deliberate. Proving if Max had margin and could have avoided going that far out to the edge of the track on corner exit is difficult, but under the premise 'innocent until proven guilty', I don't see deliberate crowding there. And it doesn't negate that, again, Leclerc put himself into that vulnerable position.
We can go on and on in circles here, but it really doesn't change the fact that Leclerc could have simply defended better to cover off that eventuality.
Yes, he could have defended much better, agree but, where did you read not defending aggresively at the braking point means you lose the right to use the racing line you´re in and other drivers are allowed to push you out of it?
BTW, Charles was NOT following any car at the outside as you stated, for the whole braking he´s clearly in front of Max.
And actually, I see deliberate crowding. Did you watch Max onboard? He deliberatedly straighten the wheel when applying throttle, wich is the reason for the contact. What btw refute your defense of Max arguing once he´s into the corner he can´t avoid going long. It would have been as easy as waiting a bit more before applying throttle, but then he would have not completed the overtake, same as previous lap, so he decided
to apply throttle at that point, pushing Lecrerc out of track