lamo wrote: pokerman wrote: lamo wrote:
I thought we all agreed Kimi left room for Max to have at least two wheels on track.
No I don't agree.
Track limits are well defined, by the white lines. The rules do not allow for what is the other side of the white line. The white line is the end of the track, racing space must be left within the white lines.
Rosberg left enough room for Hamilton to have 2 wheels on track in Spain in 2016 and we all know what happened there. The track is what is within the white lines only, regardless of what is outside of those white lines.
I didn't see Kimi serve violently to the right to block Verstappen.
But you did see significantly less than a cars width between Kimi and the track limit?
No, because there is no rule requiring Kimi to do so.
Appendix L wrote:Any driver moving back towards the racing line, having earlier defended his position off-line, should leave at least one car width between his own car and the edge of the track on the approach to the corner.
It is understandable that fans would think of this rule, but the "all angles" video shows that Kimi never left the racing line, and therefore, this rule doesn't apply.
Of course, there is the rule concerning crowding a competitor off the track. But even that one wasn't broken by Räikkönen.
Appendix L wrote:However, manoeuvres liable to hinder other drivers, such as deliberate crowding of a car beyond the edge of the track or any other abnormal change of direction, are strictly prohibited.
Appendix L wrote:Drivers must use the track at all times. For the avoidance of doubt, the white lines defining the track edges are considered to be part of the track but the kerbs are not.
Appendix L wrote:For the avoidance of doubt, the white lines defining the track edges are considered to be part of the track but the kerbs are not.
That having the narrowest amount of tyre on the white lines means you haven't left the track, means that there is nothing that can be laid at Kimi's door. Nothing whatsoever. Whether drivers should be allowed to force a competitor into having to make do with minimal track contact, is another discussion.
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