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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Tim - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 2:04 AM

correct me if i am wrong but they said that he wasnt penalised as the other cars were not along side of him. So they other cars had the choice not to go off the track and they did but escaped penalty.

Marty Harris - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 4:28 AM

Since motor racing began, drivers who tried to pass around the outside on the exit of a bend would find the car in front (in front!) would take up all the room and block the pass. There's not a champion in F1 history who wouldn't have done as Rosberg did. The number of drivers who would have then decided to go off track to pass is very much smaller.

This is grand prix motor racing, not twiddliwinks at a Boy Scout camp.

SdeJ - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 6:40 AM

Alonso's bleeting on the radio showed that he clearly doesn't understand the rules. There is no requirement to leave a car's width when defending. Perhaps Lewis was also expecting a gap that would have been required had Rosberg been returning to the racing line after a single defensive move?


April 23, 2012 7:14 AM

No exactly. Nico made ONE blocking move, in which he went all the way to the inside - thereby making that line his and forcing the attacking driver to take the outside line or stay behind. Alonso took the outside and couldn't make the pass, Hamilton will probably say he too was committed. But yeah, as none of them were alongside Nico I don't see why he should have to leave room. Not much point in blocking a line if you don't go all the way, is there?

Hamilton on the other hand DID break the rules, there can be no denying of that, but they probably decided that he had good reason to do so. Which I kind of agree with. It was racing, that's all. Right on the edge, but isn't that what we want?

saffa - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 7:22 AM

problem we have in the rosberg doings is the inconsistency of the stewards. Two separate incidents in one racing pass.
Its arguable that rosberg should get a warning for that kind of 'defending' not blocking or weaving. He is allowed to defend his line.
For leaving the track to make up a position or for making up a position is against the rules. Therefore a penalty is in order or an order to give back the position.
Instead the person who is allowed to defend their position is made to be the bad one.
Alonso would naturally be upset cause it was a close call. Hamilton only came dangerously close to that barrier cause he was way off the track where he should.nt have been flat out. If it was grass he would've backed out so he should have done same in that situation.

Steward inconsistency is the issue

Pu55ies - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 7:22 AM

Seriously. With maybe a few exceptions, you lot are the biggest bunch of whiny pussies going!
'Oh F1 so boring. Oh, we need more overtaking. Oh, these tracks are so boring.' Get a life, get a grip.

The Rosberg moves were not nearly as ridiculous as the stupid swerving antics of FA towards (nearly into) the pits, slip streaming the slower car. What if he'd got wrong/suffered suspension/steering failure?

What about the stupid off track racing tactic by LM?

Honestly. Good job the stewards made the call and not you bunch!

bjr - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 7:51 AM

The moves did look bad at first glance on TV, but looking at the clips later, yo can clearly see Rosberg move to his right BEFORE Hamilton moved so it could hardly be considered blocking. He probably had a good idea Hami was going to try to overtake him on the right, but he didn't wait until Hami pulled out of the slipstream then swerve across him.

In both his moves against Alonso, again he was the first to move to defend the line.

In all both cases, Hamilton and Alonso were behind Rosberg and could have pulled to the left side of the track at any time, like Alsonso did once.

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