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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JJJ - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 9:21 PM

Well I'm actually kinda glad with this call cause at least it shows that drivers are still allowed to defend position. With the rule change I was afraid we would get 'Indycar' type racing where you pretty much have to let people through whenever they're running quicker than you behind you, but luckily I guess that won't be the case.

That said the moves were a bit strong even under the old sensible rules.


April 22, 2012 9:22 PM

Richard (or anyone else with some sense) What did you make of Alonso's odd move? slip streaming someone (Di Resta or Kobay?) right into the pit entrance then swerving back onto the track, seemed a really weird and potentially dangerous move.

Rosberg was a bit on the edge today, but as a previous poster claimed Lulu had all 4 wheels off the track when he passed him which is completely contravenes the rules, the stewards must be scared he has another outburst if they penalise him....


April 22, 2012 9:32 PM

ty. yes that was most odd. did he want to pit and then realised that kobi would have held him up? or was he just suckered and concentrating too much on slipstreaming? but he should have known where he was on track.
he was obviously in a mad humour, especially as flip was right on his tail

but i just tend to believe that he was not concentrating fully, and hoping that a tow would help him, and thought that kobi was trying to break the tow. after all, he didnt lose any time


April 22, 2012 9:44 PM
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That was my take on it Richard, not realising that Kobay was going into the pit and just keeping the tow. If he had been half a second later moving back to the racing line he would have been straight into the end of the pit wall, could have been carnage!
Big improvement on Massa's pace today, looked racey at the start and kept with Alonso throughout.

(Christ a disagree in 20 seconds, good work there fanboy, on the ball tonight that must be a record lol)

Chris - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 10:17 PM

I thought they stopped weird moves like Alonso's swerving in the pitlane entrance and then onto the track again when some drivers were doing it in Nurburgring or Hungary a few years back? Not sure of that one.

Bruce - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 10:20 PM

Seems to prove Hamilton has bigger kahunas than Alonso.
Can't believe the cheating little sook had the nerve to whinge about Hamilton passing him off track.


April 22, 2012 10:32 PM

It was crystal clear (removed any doubt from my mind) when reading FA'S twitter that the stewards were divided (and so double erred at that) as they should have penalized both Lulu and NR.
NR contravened the rules when he didn't left at least a car's wide space when defending his position and Lulu also contravened the rules when he overtook the Mercedes on the outside of the white line which marks were the track ends.
The stewards have certainly thrown open a can of worms with this decision.


April 23, 2012 12:02 AM

Once commited LH had little choice but to keep it nailed or else backing off would have spun him - into either barrier or NR.

I can't help thinking that the penalty would have been given if the roles were reversed.

Same with the slightly less agressive move on Alonso.

So far this year we have seen passing moves made with both cars leaving proper space and being able to pass and even repass without the crazy turn ins of Massa etc last year. A shame Nico should have let us down. Just when I was going to say how much better his driving is than last year. Perhaps the threat of a penalty will be enough.

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