F1 » European Grand Prix - Race results [REVISED]

Sebastian Vettel wins the European Grand Prix for Red Bull, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, while Mark Webber crashes out in spectacular style after an unfortunate incident with Heikki Kovalainen in the early stages of the race.

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Alan D - Unregistered

June 27, 2010 10:10 PM

Richard, I know yellows would only slow down cars a bit which is why I'm thinking they could use the pit speed limiter as a way of bringing them down to speed through the affected section. I think with all the modern telemetry available it would be possible to do something better than the Safety Car Lottery.

As for the mad marshal, I take it you mean the one who suddenly remembered where he'd left his bottle of beer.


June 27, 2010 10:13 PM

I am no fan of FA but yes he was disadvantaged in a big way for going by the rules and no his rivals did not only manage to keep their positions but actually gained positions all this because of the stewards farce.

Harry - Unregistered

June 27, 2010 10:15 PM

The only thing Hamilton actually did wrong was to lift-off momentarily when he saw the safety car coming out. If he had kept his foot on the pedal, he would have crossed the line in front of it.


June 27, 2010 10:44 PM

When a driver breaks the rules its useless saying it was or it wasn't intentional the point is the rule was broken.
I will not call L U L U's overtaking the safety car cheating, it was a breaking of the rules that that paid handsome dividends to him the trouble is that it didn't end there it penalized others.

kevin - Unregistered

June 27, 2010 10:58 PM

Pleased to see Mark Webber walked away from that crash but surely if the run off area had been the usual deep sand the car and him would not have impacted the tyre wall so hard.

Dice - Unregistered

June 27, 2010 11:01 PM

If BMW can make a 3 series saloon that drives itself around a circuit, the FIA can certainly put every car on track into a default safety mode with a maximum speed ... it's a standard FIA issue ECU controlling all the engines anyway!
That way we wouldnt need a safety car & no drivers would lose time already gained.
Once the track is safe, Charlie can turn the safety off, & racing can resume as it was before without anyone losing out or being compromised like today's farce, or penalties & rules about overtaking before some painted line, etc.

Dice - Unregistered

June 27, 2010 11:13 PM

The run-off area is a tricky one.
If the car still has it's wheels on & the use of it's brakes, a tar run-off area is far more effective ... & it wont roll the car as easily.
However, when the car becomes a bobsleigh like Marks today, then the sand can be more effective ... unless of course the car enters upside down.

The safest option would be something like the nets & cables on aircraft carriers.

Ianh - Unregistered

June 27, 2010 11:14 PM

I watched this several times and its was very close.
as pointed out if he hadn't of lifted off he would have been in front at the SC line !!!
And my undertanding is thta its at the SC line that counts.
I think it was more a racing incident, he was in a no win "whatever you do its wrong" situation.

As for the 5 second penalty for the rest, Its a bit light when the drive through is 16seconds !!

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