Originally Posted by sugarbutch
The difference is that Hamilton is actually turning the steering wheel. In both cases where he was penalized, Rosberg made no attempt to turn into the corner. He doesn't fade the other guy out wide, he just drives straight on.
Reducing all of that stuff to "radios bad" is oversimplification to the point of meaninglessness. Do you think that if there were no radios the driving and pit strategies would be materially altered? They would still work out the theoretical ideal ahead of the race, tell the driver, and he'd execute. Don't forget that it's not just the guy in front getting radio messages. Everyone behind is getting told that they're catching the guy in front or whatever. Without those messages, they'd also just drive to the strategies they were given ahead of the race. Which is what we saw when the radio traffic was controlled.
Hockenheim was boring because Hanilton got to the first corner first in the fastest car and the guy in the second fastest car got there fourth.
So if there is no material difference, why did they eliminate the rule? That's nonsensical.
Radio transmissions suck, it was obvious to see in Hockenheim. "Hammer time, Lewis" was just groan inducing, all I hear was "you can finally drive the car 3 seconds away from your quali time for a few laps". F1 used to be about the limit, now its all about managing the gap, managing the strategy, managing tires, managing fuel... you'd think the driver's were MBA's.
Originally Posted by Dragon
The main difference between Rosberg getting penalties and Hamilton none, is that in Rosberg's moves the opponent would have to crash into Rosberg or go off the track on corner entry. The reason why the other driver would have to crash into Rosberg is because Rosberg is totally off the racing line, even though the opponent is giving him plenty of space to make the corner on the inside. This is different from COTA because Hamilton is on the racing line and it is only Rosberg that chose himself to stay on the outside without backing out on corner exit, therefore putting himself in the position of having to go off the track. It seems consistent that they are giving penalties when the driver forces an opponent off the track by being completely off the racing line.
Look at Hamilton in COTA, he was way off line, but the argument was but but but that was a WET line. It was obvious he took that line to deny him space, plain and simple. Seems like with Hamilton all his moves are always golden.
In DTM, that was a perfect pass. In F1 1989 that was a well executed pass. Max was not forced off the track, he just refused to give up the corner. Why? Because of all these enormous runoff areas. If there were grass there, he would have backed out.
Nico did what he had to do to get by, that's what racing is. Keep pussy-fying the sport and see where you end up.