Pitting the leader to cover off Albon and having a slow second stop really put pay to Leclercs race.
Why would the incident not be investigated initially and only after Verstappen was arrogantly mouthing off did they do so?Initially, stewards did not investigate the incident with Verstappen, even though television pictures showed him passing a yellow flag and Bottas' car without slowing down.
But after he admitted in the news conference that he was "aware Valtteri crashed" but did not slow down, he was summoned to see the stewards.
but if any one wants to know or questions why mercedes won 6 in row right we take 2014 - 2016 out the picture because that was better car. but today Japanese gp is last 3 years in a nutshell, as a lot say they have the best car. i think bar 1st 8 this season theyve been 50/50 55/45. but what they do maximise what they have, Ferrari make too many errors could've won 9 (now 10) grand prix this season but actually won 3 instead of 180 point gap it could should be 50/70. case in point today you would rarely if ever see Mercedes lock out the front row not have reliability issues & Ferrari finish 1st & 3rd very nearly 1-2. wouldn't happen
As for Seb ; why no warning for squeezing Hamilton to less than a cars width at the start. I get it going round a corner where you unwind teh lock and reduce teh gap but this was a straight line and forced him to back off or crash .... Seb needs his wrist slapping ....maybe they did not do so because he has so many penalty points already that he'd have a race ban?
wouldn't that come under what F1 always say alot more leniency on 1st lapAlso, why no penalty for the first corner incident which forced a driver off the track?
Deliberately running wide to force someone off is far worse than someone locking
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Essentially, the stewards only seem to penalise a first lap issue if a driver is punted off the track completely - but this has been the case for quite some time.I winced at the start expecting a flurry of investigations into the bumping and banging and was somewhat surprised to see there weren't any.
I Hamilton pulled off a ballsy move sticking around the outside of Verstappen who had a comfortable inside line around the first corner. The car ran out of grip and it got messy after that.
As for Vettel v Hamilton off the line, when does leaving a cars width apply? Clearly not in this case as Hamilton was alongside but was forced to exceed the track limits to avoid a collision.
All fun and games.
Max has already had his warning. This is the second time that he has committed this offence. Villeneuve was disqualified from the Japanese GP in 1997 for this!