mikeyg123 wrote: SmoothRide wrote:
mikeyg123 wrote:Playing the percentages is good decision making. He did that in Canada but not really in Spain. Spain was just a standard start.
I am not so sure if that is good decision making. He may benefit in the short term by getting some good finishes, but I can bet my house and my left arm that neither Vettel nor any other driver on the grid will forget those rather reckless moves. One day Max may be fighting for a WDC. Hope he doesn't complain when some overzealous midfielder plows into him for no particular reason other than to try to show off. It's kind of a "you reap what you sow" thing.
mikeyg123 wrote:I don't think it pays to think like that. Too much of that thinking and you'll never be in contention for a championship.
It's not an all-or-nothing thing, of course. It's just that Max already has a history of making dodgy moves, and every instance that happens from now on will solidify that reputation in the eyes of the other drivers, the teams, and the fans. A driver has to take calculated risks. It's all about balance. You drive too risky, you lose; you drive too cautiously, you lose. There is a fine middle ground somewhere in there that the best drivers are able to find sooner or later. I think Max is very close to being deemed too risky. This could hurt his future prospects, although will his level of talent, he will be in F1 for many years. The only question is whether it is going to be in a backmarker, midfielder or a front-running team. Grosjean and Maldonado are perfect examples of drivers who have the speed, but not the decision making skills required of top drivers.
mikeyg123 wrote:Besides, I think this is getting over egged. 7 races in and this is the first one he has done any damage to anyone else.... Not many drivers on the grid won't have been at least partly responsible for any contact with anyone else after the last 7 races.
We have to look back to last season as well though. Max made quite a few drivers angry with his moves that only worked because other drivers involved in those incidents reacted with uber-human reflexes to avoid collisions. This is not going to last forever though, particularly if he has a competitive car in the future, and nobody will cut him any slack.