Here be dragons.
Who crowded whom off the circuit?
Just a thought!
Just a thought!
I have emphasised the oddest part about the whole incident - how Maldonado got away with just a 20 second time penalty is beyond me.Should he have simply yielded to Maldonado? Of course not, every point counts and you never know what might happen to your opponent before the chequered flag.
Did he squeeze Maldonado off the track? No, he left the mandatory car's width in the braking zone and then if your opponent tries to go around the outside of a tight corner he's likely to run out of space, that's perfectly normal. Should Lewis have left more space for Maldonado? Absolutely yes, especially for him given their history together, but the layout of the track there means he couldn't run very far off line as a tight left hander followed immediately. But the bottom line is that Maldonado speared at a sharp angle into the side of Hamilton's car having just recovered from fully off the race track. The throttle pedal works both ways, and this was a particularly stupid accident anyway because he was guaranteed to pass the McLaren any time soon. Apparently Williams had implored him on the radio not to take risks, and he is very lucky not to be carrying a heavy grid penalty to Silverstone.
That's the worst thing about that incident. It's being played off as two "super-aggressive" drivers who were inevitably going to come together. Nothing could be further from the truth. Especially in 2012 where one driver has been impeccable and the other erratic.To put LH in the same category as PM
Keke, Lewis has every right to feel aggrieved, but he wasn't looking at the bigger picture. Lewis is a natural racer, and this can sometimes be a problem. Even "Crofty" said Lewis' tyres were shot before the accident, and he's useless. The "sensible" option for Lewis was to let Maldonado go. The only other drop off of tyre performance as bad as that I can recall was Kimi in China, and there was no way on earth, even in Valencia that he was going to keep Maldonado, Schumacher, Webber, and maybe others, behind him. If he loses the championship by a point or two, he'll regret it.Just stop and think about this for a second.
The only criticism I've heard of Hamilton is that "He should have known who he was dealing with", which basically means, jump out of the way because if you don't then Maldonado will wreck you. To me that's not a criticism of Lewis, that's a condemnation of Pastor.
And think about this as well. These results are irrelevant for Maldonado. He's not fighting for any championships. His funding is already secured by a government oil conglomerate. He'll be driving for Williams indefinitely. The man he punted off was the World Championship leader. His future is very much in the air. Each and every result is critical.
If you can't see why Hamilton and his legions of fans feel aggrieved then I really am at a loss for words. He quite possibly lost the World Driver's Championship on Sunday in an incident that was totally unnecessary and completely unavoidable by an impatient driver with a penchant for punting people.