Originally Posted by sugarbutch
Dude. At that closing rate, either Hamilton was going off the track or directly into the back of Rosberg. Rosberg was entitled to move over, but once Hamilton was even partly alongside, the rules say he had to leave racing room. And Hamilton was alongside, still on the track. Rosberg failed to shut the door. There is no ambiguity here.
Comes down to perception. Rosberg started his move before Hamilton. Hamilton got a wing along side a back wheel.
One way to look at it is Rosberg was late. Another is to determine there was no point in Hamilton driving into a closing door.
Rosberg is entitled to completing his defensive move, as far right has he wanted to go - he was ahead. Just because Hamilton decided to stay in does not make it Rosberg's fault.
I read the closing rate was 17kph. Not that high. Both drivers could have decided to abort their moves and neither did. So again, situationally this benefits Rosberg way more than Hamilton. If I was Rosberg, with the championship advantage I have, I would have never stopped my defensive move, no fucking way. Lewis needed the points way more than a brave pass on the inside.
So I stand by my view, Lewis should have pulled out. That would have been the right move for his championship hopes. He keeps fucking up at the start so the fact he got passed again at the 1st corner is overlooked.