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The incidents in Canada and Austria are different, stop comparing them

7w ago

16.3K

Ever since the end of the Austrian GP on Sunday everybody has been talking about one thing, the rules in F1 and who deserved the win. But everybody has been comparing the incident in Austria to the incident between Hamilton and Vettel in Canada. Even though you can not compare these two incidents in any way. The two incidents happened under completely different circumstances and evolved in completely different ways.

Lets start off in Canada and analyze exactly what happened. In Canada, Vettel was going into Turn 3 and Hamilton was behind him by multiple car lengths, not attempting to overtake. Vettel asked too much of his Ferrari's tires and over drove the car. This led to Vettel going off the track and into the grass. As an attempt to keep the car under control Vettel steered the car back to the track. As anyone who has ever been racing a car on slicks and has gone off into the grass will know, the grass is almost like ice. There is no grip on the grass. It would take far more space than Vettel had to slow that car down to rejoin the course safely. Then once Vettel rejoined the track he had grass and possibly moisture on his tires. This would lead Vettel with no choice but to track out as much as he did. At the speed Vettel was going it would not have been possible for him to give Hamilton more room on the outside. Hamilton had a bit of time to react. He chose to take the outside. Hamilton could have also chosen to lift and pass Vettel on the inside. It is in my opinion that Vettel should not have been given a penalty, and it should have been written off as a racing incident. Vettel should have gotten the win.

Ok, now lets look at what happened in Austria. Going into Turn 2, Leclarc was ahead. Verstappen decides to try to make a move up the inside, like he did during his prior attempt to overtake Leclarc. This time though, when Verstappen got along side Leclarc he did not turn in at the point he should have. He instead waited to turn in, forcing Leclarc wider. There was close to a car width between Verstappen and the apex. Leclarc was fighting for every inch of road he could get and staying right next to Verstappen. Verstappen knew Leclarc was along side him and would get a better exit if he left the room he should have. Leclarc proved this during the previous overtaking attempt. Any statement saying that Verstappen did not knoe Leclarc was along side him is utter crap. If you are racing a car you should know where the cars around you are, especially if you are the one passing. Verstappen knew exactly where Leclarc was. Despite knowing Leclarc was along side, Verstappen decided to track out. He decided to use up all the track and force Leclarc off. Not a clean pass at all. This should have lead to Verstappen getting a penalty for forcing Leclarc off the track. Some people believe that Verstappen's move was completely fair, but it wasn't. he purposely forced Leclarc off to get past. If a driver makes a move like that they should be penalized. If it was 50 years ago move like that could have lead to a driver's death.

In Canada, Vettel was physically incapable of rejoining the track in a safe manner. Vettel went off and had to come back on in the manner he did. In Austria, Verstappen forced Leclarc off in order to get passed Leclarc. The incident in Canada deals with an out of control car coming back on track. The incident in Austria deals with a driver that purposely forces another driver off. You can not say that these two incidents are similar and people should not be comparing the two. The only thing they have in common was that the FIA gave both wins to the wrong driver. Vettel should have won in Canada and Leclarc should have won in Austria. So stop comparing the two

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