"Shallow victory" says F1's most shallow team principal?
Everything I found wrong with the subsequent reactions to Silverstone's high speed crash.
If F1 this year has taught us anything, my own personal belief is that we can now see that 'racing incident' has been removed from FIA vocabulary. The ever increasing demand to push motives of blame and pressure for reprecussions has accidentally left the FIA doing their job too well, so much so that racing is now being dried out in its current form.
In fairness, today's violent wall crash for Verstappen was an incident that raised an exemplary amount of questions, so naturally many different sides would be taken by viewers across the board. But I think it was all wrong. Everything, from the 10 second penalty to the initial approach taken by the drivers, to the needy whining from managers running to the FIA begging them to accept their perspective. In a word, it was simply strange.
I'd like to start with Horner. And in doing so we skip to after the race itself, where Ted Kravitz caught the Red Bull Team Principal for a word. Emotion was high I know, don't discount that I have that in mind. But the comments were petty, and for him of all people to label Hamilton's victory as shallow is laughable. He knew who he was talking to, and "I hope Hamilton is happy" really was better left unsaid, as was the passive aggressive way he handled the discussion. After the comments we watched as still in disbelief, Christian failed to justify his stance that Hamilton's punishment arose from tactical fowl play. Oh and that's not even considering he refused the opportunity hear Ted explain the opposing stance. "I don't want to hear it" he said. The severity of the danger that Max was subjected to in experiencing his crash was obviously the key factor of his viewpoint, which in itself is his biggest mistake. By this logic therefore, he fuelled his attack on the fact that his star boy went into the barrier as opposed to slipping past a very willing to concede pole position Lewis Hamilton.
Anyway, Horner's reaction was just something I wanted to criticise, what I really want to discuss is of course the talk of the town itself.
An awful impact we will all agree.
Since this incident, and incident is putting it lightly, Drivetribe has lit up with polls offering a chance for us lot to air our grievances and place our own calls of blame. For me however, it is a crash. It wasn't just Hamilton we have to see surely. Hamilton failed to stay on the apex route heading into Copse, and Verstappen watched his approach expecting Lewis to back off as he tightened in on him. But neither backed off, and shock horror, surprise surprise, they crashed. Now because Lewis was on the inside it was Max who suffered from being propelled off track, and that was it. The fact they both entered a corner taking questionable approaches means they should've accepted their fates as far as I'm concerned. That's the heat of racing, but the extreme result of the impact did perhaps send everyone into a frenzy of anger. And so Lewis paid the price for him first of all not being in the right place, but also for the fact that his rival was willing to take the risk anyway.
It's not as thougb Lewis hammered himself out all of sudden, so I just don't think penalising him for ten seconds was totally appropriate.
Who will justify this after in depth analysis angry Lewis and Max fanboys and fangirls?
Ah yes, it's Chandhok.
That's right, it's time for a good game of:
Karun talks sense-_-_-_-
Karun walked viewers through the crash and the build up towards it, specifying the drivers paths, their intentions and the moments during the impact between Hamilton and Verstappen. He ended his analysis with the same conclusion, the battle for the lead at this point in the race was knowingly vital, and so obviously neither racer would fancy taking the second spot coming out of Copse. Given their positions at the time, the crash was unavoidable and didn't necessarily need the reaction steward's gave in the time afterwards.
Perhaps, were a penalty to be put in place, I think 5 seconds would've been more sufficient due to Max's continuous approach despite Hamilton's wide position entering the corner.
Either way, the FIA have much more precise data and information in higher quantities, so my racing incident stance is just a pointless viewpoint at the end of the day. Just like all of the others.
Leave your thoughts in the comments, or forever hold your peace. Fanboys and fangirls not welcome. Thanks for reading.