Sieper wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:54 pm
El Scorchio wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:17 pm
The key point people seem to be missing, or unwilling to accept, is that the race director told all 20 drivers before the race that it was fine to be where Hamilton was in taking that corner. Hamilton did not exceed the limits defined by the race director, even if those limits were beyond the painted kerb. he was perfectly entitled to take it that wide, just as the other 19 drivers were. Until Red Bull complained about it, upon which the race director changed their mind. Then they started warning people, and no-one did it again. Anyone complaining about the line Hamilton was taking before the race director changed his mind is arguing about transgressing a rule that didn't even exist in the first place.
If you want to quibble about how track limits are defined race to race and session to session then that's another argument altogether. yes there should be some consistency, but in this race, the track limits as defined by the race director were adhered to. There is no controversy, unfairness or ambiguity.
Red Bull did not complain. They just instructed Max to do the same. Semantics, At which point it suddenly became enforced (not talking about the overtake). If the race director would explicitly feel going wide was OK why then change mind. The simple answer is because it is not OK to ignore the track if that suits your understeered (to avoid rear end instability) car better. Ferrari was nowhere near even the kerbs.
The race director might have said the T4 was not going to be enforced per qualy, but you always have to adhere to track as much as you can. The only team not doing it was Mercedes to workaround a problem still apparent in race 1.
Too bad RBR spotted it so late. costly mistake and well played by Mercedes.
Well more fool everyone else who wasn't taking full advantage of the defined track limits as per the race briefing then, and especially Verstappen and Red Bull who had a discussion about it over team radio which led to the race director changing his mind. maybe they should have listened better during the briefing. Nevertheless everyone had the same freedom to use that part of the track before the radio conversation and no-one had the freedom to use it afterwards.
I don't know why it seems so difficult for you to grasp that Hamilton was doing absolutely nothing wrong at that corner, and was 100% adhering to the rules set to all the drivers by the race director, both before and after the mid race change.