F1 » Whiting: If a move is wrong, it is wrong

Charlie Whiting has explained just why Nico Rosberg escaped sanction for his moves on Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in Bahrain, and why current safety standards may prompt risk-taking.

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Rob01 - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 4:09 PM

If what Nico did was correct. Which I don't believe. Then Lewis should have recieved a penalty. And the witch hunt at Red Bull should be clear indication that its more about the Show than F1 racing.

bob - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 5:26 PM


Someone in charge, who has seen ALL of the evidence and not just some armchair expert gives the same verdict I did.



EAT IT all those who moaned NON STOP about his 'disgraceful' driving!!


June 13, 2012 6:52 PM

I was one that promptly eccepted the stewards explanation that NR did nothing wrong.
But I would like to tell Charlie Whiting that he and the stewards has failed/avoided giving an explanation as to why not only Lulu was not penalized for overtaking NR off the racing track but he was allowed to keep that position.

Paul - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 8:13 PM

After reading the 2 pages i still don't understand the logic...
1- rosberg pushes hamilton off the track = wrong
2- Hamilton made a pass offthe track = wrong
3- no one gets penalised = all is good...

I guess in f1:
- 2 wrongs do make a right !!!

Mark _

June 13, 2012 8:40 PM

The decision to give a penalty should have nothing to do with if there is a wall or a painted line there. And what is the definition of a "significant part of the car"? It is still too subjective to have consistent rulings.


June 13, 2012 9:04 PM

Before I start my rant I'll say this, I thought Schumacher deserved a penalty for his move on Barrichello last year as it was overly aggressive.

Now for the rant,

1. Schumacher was penalised even though Barrichello DID have enough room to pass, the edge of the track was a wall and clearly RB passed without hitting either wall or MS.

2. Rosberg did not leave Lulu room to pass, hence Lulu had all 4 tyres off the track while passing him but that was within the rules. IF there had been a wall there would that have made Rosberg's move illegal? To my knowledge it doesn't mention different rules if you are driving close to a wall as opposed to the lines that define the track so what's the deal?

3. If Rosberg did no wrong and didn't force Lulu off the track, Lulu did overtake while most of his car was off the track and that's clearly against the rules, so why no punishment?

They are your rules so the least you can do is be consistent with them!

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