MRandall25 wrote:They've had their share of problems in the past and nothing's really come of it, from what I understand. Why would the dynamic change because of 1 race?
Because in the past, the person doing the stupid thing has been the only one negatively impacted. (For example, when Vettel tried to overtake Webber in Turkey a couple years ago and merged into him and took himself out of the race) This Malaysian incident is different also because Vettel was ignoring an express order from the team to dial it back and hold station. If the result had stood the way it was intended, they both would have left Sepang tied with 33 points, but Webber would have been the championship leader by dint of having a race win.
And let's face it; the team were simply not all there this weekend in China..... and, ironically, all the missteps seemed to happen on Webber's car. Hmm.
Shyster wrote:Schumacher should have been disqualified for intentionally wrecking Damon Hill at the 1994 Australian Grand Prix. I’ve detested him ever since.
Ah, that's an interesting one. And in light of subsequent events in Jerez involving Jacques Villeneuve, it's somewhat difficult for me to explain this, but........ I totally blame Hill for that.
I've always felt that Hill went for a gap that simply didn't exist. And if you watch the on-board, Michael never really checks his mirrors or anything, he simply turns in normally. A cardinal rule of racing is that if you are not 100% fully alongside the driver you are trying to overtake - as in front wheel-to-front wheel - at the time of normal turn-in to the apex, it's not your corner, and you are obligated to back out and yield. Contrast that with what Webber did in China on Sunday; the only difference between that incident and HIL-SCH in Adelaide is that Webber managed to get a couple feet further up the inside.
In normal circumstances it doesn't do the driver on the outside in those situations any good to simply allow the overtaking driver to hit them and then b**ch about it after the race. That said, a title decider isn't what I'd call 'normal circumstances'.