Well, let's say my memory of discussions around various fora, including here, is different than yours...Lotus49 wrote: What outlook? As far as I remember it was still very much debatable who would be stronger in the run in.
I'm pretty sure that Singapore was pegged as the last track where Ferrari would have a real edge and the rest of the tracks would mostly favor Mercedes, with Vettel already behind in the WDC, hence the need to get away from Singapore with as much daylight between him and Hamilton as possible. 7 points, at that point, looked vital to keep chances alive for the following races.
They weren't competitive in Brazil, and Monza was, ahead of the weekend, always going to be a Mercedes weekend - regardless of the way Ferrari screwed the weekend up when looking at it in hindsight.They messed Monza up by set up. They went on to be competitive everywhere but AD.
The goal is not "holding on to first for the weekend", the goal was winning the WDC. Where Hamilton is on track is largely irrelevant when having to maximize your own result when you know your competitor is expected to be mostly ahead of you for the remainder of the season.Lewis was driving a worse car that weekend and was stuck in 5th on a track you can't really pass on, there was simply no need to be that aggressive to hold onto 1st never mind a need to be that aggressive because of the context of the championship battle with Lewis.
Still, Vettel makes it at least a bit harder for Verstappen while making it a bit easier for himself. Improving the odds no matter how you look at it.Yes but Max is right beside him wherever Seb goes so still only needs to outbrake him unless Seb was planning on taking T1 with no regard if a driver had his nose alongside.
We can definitely say Vettel didn't do anything actually wrong, while Alonso did.No it just means we can't speak of Seb's move as if we saw it play out
But even if you don't agree, davidheath's position of blaming Vettel and not Alonso is still exemplary of the bias he's carrying. Probably also the reason why he hasn't responded since I mentioned it.
Not from me he wouldn't - as long as he didn't leave less than a car's width of space.Imagine if there was a car on the inside of Kimi in Suzuka that Alonso was oblivious too and still tried to run Kimi to tracks edge and the contact happened earlier. Alonso would still get the lions share of the blame from most because of the initial aggressive squeeze I think and that seemed to reflect the feeling after Singapore.
I guess there will be different views on Sebs manoeuvre for years to come. At least we agree that it wasn't borne from cracking under pressure.