Originally Posted by Dragon
No, it's totally different. In Austin the track was wet and it is within the norm for drivers to take a wide line without clipping the apex. Even it was dry, you don't have to take the perfect racing line, and are within your rights to make the racing line as wide as possible. There is no reason for the car on the inside to let the outside car on the racing line, so that is why Nico got squeezed out on the outside. The difference in Austria is that Nico was not on the racing line at all, and it was not a matter of squeezing Lewis off the track on the outside...it was more like going straight into Lewis...if Nico turned into the corner (even if it was a late turn in, that is fine), then squeezed Lewis off the track towards the corner exit, then that would of been totally fine and good racing.
So what is the gist of your argument here, that Lewis was entitled to bypass the apex because it was wet? And so then even if it's dry, you don't have to "take the perfect racing line", which Nico didn't, so if your statement is true why did he do anything wrong by choosing the line he chose? If there is no reason for a car on the inside line at COTA to let the outside car on the racing line, why is it not ok for Lewis to get squeezed too?
I don't see the difference yet, because neither driver in either COTA or Austria was on the racing line. Nico didn't ram into Lewis, he used inside position and chose his line clumsily. Lewis had the option to follow along side but he demanded the corner also. What Nico did WAS a late turn in, and I don't see why a later squeeze out (COTA) as opposed to an earlier one is somehow acceptable. In both instances drivers are supposed to leave racing room, but it troubles me why Lewis's move was never challenged yet Nico's is.