Le Mans » Davidson: Corvette should have taken fewer risks

Whilst reflecting that he is 'sorry' if he inadvertently brought an end to the #64 Corvette's race in the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend, Peugeot star Anthony Davidson maintains the whole incident could have been avoided had only Emmanuel Collard given him 'more room'

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Old Man - Unregistered

June 17, 2010 4:05 PM

Whilst I appreciate that Anthony Davidson was doing a fantastic job it must be remembered that the Corvette was being driven by one of the most experienced and widely respected drivers in the race. Manu Collard has lapped and been lapped round Le Mans more times than Anthony has had hot dinners and for him to say "he should have given me more room" shows his inexperience. The rule in mixed class sportscar racing is that it is up to the overtaking driver to find a way past and that the slower car should stick to the racing line, I am sure that is what Collard did. Collard saw his line encroached by Davidson and either adjusted it or took both off, it is not up slower cars to give way.

Just Observing - Unregistered

June 18, 2010 1:21 AM

Totally agree Old Man...

Davidson was simply over-driving for most of that stint and that was proven by his off coming into pit lane... that is simply inexcusable... all the experienced driver know (and if you watched various in-car's during the race, proved) the Porsche Curves are NOT a place to overtake ANYONE let alone try to lap a GT2 car...

Listening to the Speed coverage they reported that Davidson had contact with 2 other cars while lapping as well

racefan80 - Unregistered

June 18, 2010 2:03 AM

I totally agree with both comments above. Even earlier in the race when one of the reporters interviewed him, he seemed arrogant about the way he races and overtakes slower traffic. He almost took out one of the leading audis when he trying to make up a lap by driving completly off the track and cutting sharply back in in the mulsanne straight. In order to win a race like this, a driver needs to learn patience and self restraint at times. Specially if they are the ones overtaking. Although it was a bit of a lucky win for Audi, they demonstrated that patience and good judgment win the race. I don't see how he thinks that Corvette was the one taking the risks, he was the one driving like mad.

red x - Unregistered

June 18, 2010 10:09 AM

Pug unfortunately races drivers a bit too trigger happy, it seems. A couple years ago Seb Bourdais punted Joao Barbosa off the track while overtaking, only to say afterwards it was Barbosa's fault because he should have moved out of his way.

That's the problem with F1/Indy drivers racing Le Mans, they're used to very different overtaking/lapping rules and can't seem to wrap their heads around the fact things are different in an endurance race.

red x - Unregistered

June 18, 2010 10:14 AM

Slight correction, it was Martin Short and not Joao Barbosa (Barbosa was one of the other drivers) and the Rollcentre car was running 4th overall, at the time.

Observer - Unregistered

June 18, 2010 1:54 PM

Unfortunately, his attitude shows through in this interview. Including the comment about wanting to hold up the LMP cars when he was driving in GT. Very arrogant and unwilling to accept his blame, when it seems obvious that others have told him in private that he screwed up.

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