Alienturnedhuman wrote:I am seriously baffled at the posts on here that are equating the rules of engagement in an on track overtake/duel during the race with the first corner following a start. Whether you think Kimi or Max is the one at fault, they are not the same, and equating the incident to Schumacher and Hill at Adelaide requires mental gynastics the likes of which I have not seen before.
As well as it having long been clarified and explicitly stated by race control that the rules of engagement that come into play between cars battling for position do not apply at the start of the race, a only modicum of critical thinking is needed to see why.
When two cars are fighting for the race, the drivers only have one moving target they need to be aware of - the driver they are keeping behind if they are defending, and the driver they are trying to pass if they are the attacker.
In a race start, there are in the middle of a pack of drivers, all moving. While it is easy for us to see from the off board cameras that Max was there, that's not the case inside of the cockpit. For one thing, Max was hidden behind the Racing Point and Kimi would have had no clue he was there until the last second even if he had been looking the right direction. And I reiterate, assuming he was looking in the right place at the right time.
Had Kimi been in a one on one fight with Max then he definitely would have been looking and aware of his position. If Max was making an overtake during the race, then the move was on. In a race start though, with his racing experience Max should be aware that it's impossible for drivers to be aware of what happening in all directions, and when you lunge from behind another car it's almost guaranteed that they don't know you are there. All the other drivers knew this and braked appropriately - Max was the one that didn't, forgetting the age old adage that you can't win the race in the first corner but you can certainly lose it.
Firstly the incident looks very similar to Australia 1994 with the way that the cars make contact, so not too hard to see why.
Despite the steward's long standing comment, you can not just crash into people at the start, it doesn't give drivers carte blanche to do what they like, otherwise why was Kimi penalised on the opening lap of Britain 2018 for sloppily ruining Hamilton's race? He did the same in Belgium 2019 and ruined Max's race, with similar sloppy driving. Plus applying opening lap common sense as per the four principles I mentioned, racing incidents on the opening lap can be avoided, or punished appropriately when incidents do actually occur. There is no difference to racing on lap 1 as there is on lap 5 or lap 10, it is easy to see who was driving carelessly or at fault. If driver's keep their path through the corner and don't, for example, try to move onto the racing line when they can't see an area of track clearly, then that is good driving and very easy to teach drivers. They only need to apply this for one corner, so it's not asking much and indeed drivers seem to follow it a good chunk of the time, (Hungary 2019). Plus didn't Seb get penalised for hitting Bottas in France 2018 at the first corner? Bad driving on the opening lap can be punishable.
Now I do like seeing opening lap crashes for the entertainment factor, but they are almost as easy to punish and penalise as mid-race incidents, so drivers are getting away with lap 1 mistakes too often under the notion that it is supposedly too hard for them to prevent crashing into others. It's easy not to hit others, brake a bit earlier and hold your path through the first corner, then you will not crash into others and they will not crash into you.
If this Kimi/Max incident occurred the same but was on lap 15, people would be saying Kimi shouldn't have turned in like that, so why is he allowed to carelessly do the same on lap 1 when he has no idea who is around him?