F1 » Williams reveals 'finger trouble' caused jump start

Pastor Maldonado was to blame for the jump-start that saw him pick up one of three penalties at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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September 04, 2012 12:59 PM

Disagree all you like... IT HAPPENED!

The only difference was Button knew that if HE didn't back off there was an going to be an accident because Vettel hadn't seen him. (Which, if you read Grosjean's comments, was what he said, he didn't see Hamilton)

James - Unregistered

September 04, 2012 1:14 PM

Nick636. I also disagree with you. Button was catching Vettel where as Grosjean was overtaking Hamilton. Button could always see Vettel as he was in front where as Grosjean came from the side, given his relative grid position to the McLaren. It's hard to say how much Hamilton could see Grosjean because the cameras on the cars always allow a much better all round view and are seated behind the driver. Although I do agree that Vettel's move in Japan was dodgy. He stopped moving across so swiftly when near Button, then edged him slowly towards the side of the track.


September 04, 2012 1:38 PM

@ James

Good point.

Yet, if Hami couldn't see Grosjean, I highly doubt Grosjean could see him. I think it was a racing incident to be honest.

Please note, I'm not a RG fan in any way. I thought it was a wasted drive when he got it at the end of last year. But fair is fair.


September 04, 2012 2:18 PM

Maldonado needs to calm down, be it finger trouble or brain trouble he is having far to many incidents. I do rate him as a talent though, without the silly mistakes this season he would easily have 3 times more points than Lalli. He is still inexperienced, there's time yet for him to become a more complete GP driver.


September 04, 2012 6:23 PM

@wade - "why the stewards didn't make a decision on anything during the race".

Agree - in most other sports a jump start is rewarded with an instant disqualification.

F1 should adopt the same rule.


September 04, 2012 9:04 PM

Nick636, The stewards has made a show of Grosjean mostly because of the severity of the accident but also because of his previous accidents, if the accident didn't involve any other cars apart from the Lotus and the mclaren and been less dangerous the penalty would have been much less, still if there was no accident “a scenario that only depended on Lulu lifting of instead of keeping his right foot down” I am sure there would have been no penalty as cutting across another car at the start is standard practice.
The accident was caused by Grosjean but Lulu did nothing to try avoid it he never took his foot off the accelerator.

mjgroves - Unregistered

September 04, 2012 9:32 PM

Have any of you lot ever actually RACED before?! And I don't mean online?!

If I were in that McLaren I wouldn't have backed off either! You can't expect some ***** to leap ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE TRACK off the start! And for those saying "He could've taken to the grass to avoid him" the grass isn't there as an escape road and frankly had he taken to the grass he might've ended up plowing into the side of Alonso anyway, then you'd have been slating him for that!! As Alonso said at Bahrain "All the time you have to leavea tha space!!"

Ban is deserved if you ask me, although another incident from Maldonado at Monza and I'd say he should be missing at the next one. He's more than earned a ban on totting up of incidents

jose - Unregistered

September 04, 2012 10:45 PM

That scenario must have been authored by Tiapan, sound like
his 'Logic' or did you dream of this nonsense all on your own?
Easy to see than you have never raced a formula car. Wheel in
wheel position must be avoided at all cost. Breaking or accelerating
always cause one of the cars to get air borne..I did ..I have..
Better still, you use one of your scenarios, garb your Rabbit Foot and
pry for a better day..Ouch!

Old Jose

dba - Unregistered

September 04, 2012 11:12 PM

Perhaps it's time for Maldonaldo to sit out a week. He's completely out of his league in F1. Another year in F2 learning how to drive might be in order.

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