F1 » Rosberg escapes penalties after tough race


Nico Rosberg overcame a difficult start and was cleared of penalties for aggressive moves while battling Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso to finish in fifth place.

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ME - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 7:42 PM

Unbelievably bad call on the FIA's part especially when they penalized MS for doing this to RB last year. IMO both NR and LH should have been penalized. LH for passing off the track and NR for dangerous driving. Had that have happened, there would not have been a second incident.

Adrian - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 7:50 PM

Defending is one thing, massive swerves like Rosberg's - 3 times in the race - are way beyond acceptable. Hamilton went off track in avoidance and once he was off, why not keep his foot in: then Alonso got the same treatment. We have seen drivers given a drive-through for much less than that in the past. No consistency.

50 Cent - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 7:51 PM

This whole off the track passing is ridiculous. That would not happen on the old tracks. I think there should be a gravel on the run off areas and nobody would attempt a passing

bob - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 8:22 PM

I thought the new one move rule stated that "if a driver moved to defend a position they must then remain on that line until after the next corner, then rejoin their normal racing line". rosberg clearly moved to the right, then back to the left to resume his normal corner entry, thats two moves!

Jenny - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 8:34 PM

@mrfill and Robbo

I cant remember Vettel been penalised when he passed Button outside of the track in Australia last season.

When Vettel squeezed Button off the track at the beginning of the Suzuka everyone wanted Vettel banned. I guess Lewis or Fernando would be withing their right if they use the whole track in Monaco's tunnel or the walls of Valencia

Andy - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 8:41 PM

Well Robbo I have read your comment, considered your position, consulted amongst my acquaintances and, remain in complete disagreement. Moreover, being ultra charitable, lets say it was "within the rules" then I would say a) it was still spectacularly stupid driving by Rosberg, b) also unethical, c)and dangerous and d) then the rules should be changed.

sodesu

April 22, 2012 8:45 PM

I agree that both moves were right on the edge but after all you are allowed one defensive move and that is exactly what he did, and in doing so making it very clear that the inside line would be his. If Hamilton would have cut back to the outside line Rosberg would not have been allowed to block, but instead he went over the track markings to get the inside. Both could probably be punished with reason, but personally I think it's a good thing neither were. If you look at where each driver finished it's also plain to see that Nico's defensive driving paid off, which is all the more good on him as he's been criticised in the past for not being tough enough to be a winner in F1.

No1 - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 8:48 PM

Nico was defending the "inside" line IMO and I personally don't see anything wrong with that. Given the final outcome, perhaps Hamilton and Alonso were forcing the issue a bit.

richard

April 22, 2012 9:10 PM

i am confused. sodesu says the nico was defending the outside line, but no 1 says that nico was defending the inside line. so that means he was all over the track to stop anybody getting past. or, where you oth watching the same race?

ps i side with sodesu! :) :)

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