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POLL: Who was to blame for Hamilton/Webber crash?

The coming-together between F1 2010 title rivals Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton in the Singapore Grand Prix dealt the former a lucky escape and the latter a severe blow - but was either of them to blame..?
Of the five F1 2010 title contenders, four of them filled the top four positions at the chequered flag in last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, and one failed to take the chequered flag at all following a controversial coming-together – so just who was to blame for Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber's clash?

Having leapfrogged his McLaren-Mercedes world championship rival when the Briton made his pit-stop on lap 28 of the 61-lap encounter, the subsequent safety car period closed the field right up again shortly afterwards, and Webber was under pressure from his pursuer in their duel over the final podium spot when matters came to a head on lap 36.

As the Australian found himself momentarily baulked by Virgin backmarker Lucas Di Grassi, Hamilton was able to pull alongside the Red Bull Racing on the exit of Turn Six – but that left the 2008 F1 World Champion on the outside line for the following Turn Seven left-hander.

In a classic case of immovable object meets irresistible force, as Webber refused to yield and Hamilton tried to squeeze across to take the corner, contact was made between the pair – and the latter was out on the spot, making it two accident-induced DNFs in as many races, and dealing a second consecutive blow to his hopes of lifting the laurels.

FIA stewards subsequently concluded that the contretemps had been little more than a racing incident – and the two protagonists seemed to concur, but what do you think?

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Jim - Unregistered

September 27, 2010 6:00 PM

Here's my take..I'm a big Webber and Hamilton fan and have no horse in this race, but I'm also an open wheel racer (30 years in midgets, Formula Alantic & Pro Mazda). As a racer, it seems clearly a racing incident. Webber doesn't have to give up his line by breaking early to avoid contact...he wasn't making the pass. Hami was making the pass and took a risk to close the door by turning in sooner then necessary thinking Webber wasn't there or would give it up if he was. Webber continued to challenge for the corner and that's the chance you take when you slam the door closed without knowing for sure where he is. In this kind of pass, you almost never see the other driver to know for sure what he's going to do, but still 95% of the time it works, occassionally it doesn't. Hami still had room outside and should have used it, especially against an aggressive driver like Webber. Yeah it sucks for Hami, but it's racing. No clear fault and no further action was the right call.



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