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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June 14, 2012 2:12 PM

OK Charlie -- where were you and what were you looking at or thinking about when Schumi hasseled a couple of MacLarens at Monza last year, and even his own team manager recognized the illegality of his moves and cautioned Schumi about it directly over the radio??????

I see your point on the rules, but they aren't applied consistently as you say, and, just as obviously, neither are the penalties as many have correctly pointed out here.

bob - Unregistered

June 14, 2012 4:32 PM


Deliberate swerving in front of another car? Ummm...you mean defensive driving?

Yes, you are right, this shouldn't be allowed, especially when it's Hamilton and Alonso coming and even if you only make 1 move, in 1 direction and BEFORE the following driver even attempts to overtake. Everyone should just pull over and let them pass!

I can only imagine if the rolls were reversed and it was Hamilton defending and Rosberg trying to pass. This board would be overflowing with Hamilton fanboys telling everyone how stupid Rosberg was for even attempting a pass like that.



June 14, 2012 9:07 PM

It's astonishing that the FIA see fit to introduce all sorts of gimmicks to make the racing 'better' and then discourage overtaking by making the rules so that a driver actually has reason to fear what moght happen if he has the temerity to try and overtake someone.

Why do the FIA see fit to hand out penalties for errors such as Schumacher hitting Senna in Spain, poor judgement but certainly not malicious, and then allow Rosberg to deliberately drive in a manner that forces a rival to drive off the track?

And even if you disagree with me, surely someone did something worthy of a penalty, yet as I gather, none was awarded, a point made by numerous others as well.

Paul Kirk - Unregistered

June 15, 2012 7:32 AM

Sorry Charlie, re the Schumaker-Barracello incident, I don't agree with you! Shumaker began to make his intentions clear as soon as he exited the corner, Rubens should have recognised what Schumaker was saying to him with his body language earlier and changed his line to overtake on Schumaker's left, but he stubbonly tried to pass on the right! I apportion blame (if blame is required) at 10% Schumaker, and 90% Rubens.

shoemaker - Unregistered

June 16, 2012 8:34 AM

I think in the interests of safety we should turn it into a time trial.
Or better yet dont race at all and just have a computer simulation figure out the placings.

This is the ideal people seem to be going for. For me, you either accept the risk or dont. Wont have to deal with dangerous driving then (although you will have to stay of the normal roads as well).

So sick of the safety regulations.

saffa - Unregistered

June 16, 2012 3:29 PM

Bob(unregistered) I agree wit u fully on your views. Seems a lot of people don't know the rules which the drivers should drive according to. Some people have bad memories concerning hungry. There was grass and sand coming from rubens williams which schumacher left the door open for until he realised rubens was alongside him.
Nico was 100% legal for using da entire track to defend without weaving which would have costed him a penalty.
Lewis should have received some sort of a penalty for not keeping all four wheels on track while passing and barging into nico.s space on the track plus getting the inside of Nico which was gaining the advantage of that manouvre while off the track. Why no penalty. I.m glad though for the heroic McLaren team's sake.

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