|Quoting CXB77L (Reply 105):|
As someone else mentioned regarding the Vettel-Button incident, if this happened in Monaco or Canada, Vettel would've had no choice but to lift off or go into the barrier. Applying that same test, Hamilton would also have had to lift off or go into the barrier. Had Hamilton lifted off and ducked back to the other side of Rosberg, would he have maintained sufficient momentum that he could be beside Rosberg in the braking zone? I contend that if Hamilton had lifted off in the straight and manoeuvred around Rosberg, he would have had the outside line rather than the inside line under braking for the next corner, and thus he would not have been able to make the pass stick until after that turn.
But there we are seriously getting into the realms of what ifs - its hard to argue that Hamilton gained any sort of advantage over Rosberg by going off the track, onto a visibly dirty section of track not just to go around him, but to go the long way round him.
I agree that if Hamilton had backed off, he would have remained behind Rosberg at the corner.
But equally, if Hamilton had just remained straight when Rosberg went to the outside, Hamilton would have had him in the drag race and probably come out in front at the corner.
Its difficult to compare the two, because one infraction happened in a straight line, the other happened in a low speed tight corner.
|Quoting racko (Reply 106):|
Red Bull stated in post-race interviews that in "corner-cutting" incidents the stewards usually immediately write an e-mail that basically says "looked fishy, if you don't give the position back there'll be an investigation". Sauber confirmed that this is the usual procedure. No such e-mail was written to Red Bull. Given that lack of an informal e-mail as well as clear precedence in form of the Rosberg/Hamilton-incident, not giving the position back was the reasonable thing to do for Vettel and Red Bull.
As I said in my post, during the last couple of laps the stewards do not award on track penalties - there isnt the time to react, to review the footage, to make the decision, to send the email, have the team issue the orders, and have the driver relinquish his position safely.
For the same reason they don't issue drive throughs or stop-goes in the last couple of laps - there isnt enough time to react.
There is no rule saying that the stewards must send an email - they can do whatever they wish, and the standard practice for the dying moments of a race is to sort out infractions during that period after the race. Which they did.
Go back and see what the stewards wanted to do with Schumacher, after he nearly forced Barrichello into the pit lane wall - they wanted to black flag him, but it was the last couple of laps and so they didnt. He got a post race penalty instead.
[Edited 2012-07-26 04:22:07]