F1 » DC: I don’t see how Massa could be guilty


David Coulthard says Felipe Massa can't be deemed guilty after his latest clash with Lewis Hamilton

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marvin - Unregistered

November 02, 2011 10:20 AM

For once I agree with Captain Boring, first time for everything I suppose. Hamilton didn't even hit Massa's side pod, he hit his rear wheel. So much for being along side.

Round in Circles - Unregistered

November 02, 2011 10:33 AM

Please.
DC is just trying to qualify his wrong initial comments made at the time.
He and MB both decided it would be Lewis with the penalty as is the current trend.
I do not think the contact was that bad, however the stewards are trying to show consistency I believe.
The ruling has been made. Is DC trying to undermine JH as the driver steward.
Massa did indeed hit Lewis's rear wheel simply because Lewis had a gut feeling that Massa was not going to give an inch.
I am not expecting that Massa should have yeilded the corner but I believe he could have driven it a little more sensibly.

Roud in Circles - Unregistered

November 02, 2011 10:36 AM


Should have read

Please.
DC is just trying to qualify his wrong initial comments made at the time.
He and MB both decided it would be Lewis with the penalty as is the current trend.
I do not think the contact was that bad, however the stewards are trying to show consistency I believe.
The ruling has been made. Is DC trying to undermine JH as the driver steward.
Massa did indeed hit Lewis's rear wheel simply because Lewis had a gut feeling that Massa was not going to give an inch, so he was backing out.
I am not expecting that Massa should have yeilded the corner but I believe he could have driven it a little more sensibly.

Pedro Correia

November 02, 2011 10:48 AM

Like Roud said, he is trying to justify is wrong call at BBC transmission.
By after seen by many angles, including inside LH car, is notable that they were side by side and Lewis was inside so it had the call for that turn. The contact was made to Felipe rear wheel because it braked later than Hamilton in a lame maneuver to avoid overtaking, but just put the car where the McLaren was...
The remarks DC made in BBR broadcast were plain stupid, something like "taking consideration recent incidents were Lewis was involved it should be aplied a drive through to him..." (he was guilty based on other incidents? Can DC be more *****?)
In my opinion no reason to penalty but it was Massa's fault, that's for sure.

RaceAddict - Unregistered

November 02, 2011 11:01 AM

Once again DC is proving why he should never be a race official. Hamilton was clearly alongside Massa when Massa started turning in. Quite clearly Massa was going to turn in no matter what. hamilton braked really hard to try and avoid Massa, but there was not enough room. Massa had to have seen Hamilton as he was right next to him. Poor decision on his part imho.
DC, get off your high horse, you didnt even think you were guilty when you nearly killed Michael Schumacher in a very wet race while limping around on the racing line.

Bruiser - Unregistered

November 02, 2011 11:10 AM

The problem with most racing classes, including F1, is the so-called "Classic Racing Line" through a corner, and the rules that allow the car in front to have "right-of-way" through that line.
Obviously if two cars are adjacent, or partly overlapping, coming into a corner, then the "Classic Racing Line" simply can't be taken, because there is a car in the way, unless the leading car is completely clear of the following/adjacent car. It's like trying to put a square peg into a round hole - it simply won't fit!!!
The rules MUST be changed, to force both the leading and following/adjacent car to maintain their own "New Line" so that the two "Lines" don't intersect.
If this were adopted, there would be much more overtaking in a race, and done safely. There's nothing worse that seeing two cars take each other out unnecessarily.
As for allowing one deliberate "Blocking" move per overtaking attempt, well that defies any sort of logic, especially at F1 speeds.
Love them or hate them, NASCAR ha

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