Originally posted by Ricardo F1
Why? He passed Vettel before the corner. What he should have done is turn into the right hander properly and have Vettel spin him by clobbering his back wheel. That would have been far better.
Feel very sorry for Kimi, but he should have been black flagged. So lucky that exhaust went flying into the gravel trap. Massa must be thinking the stars, 4 point gain on Kimi that he couldn't have expected at 1pm. Great drive by Heikki as well, I really though Trulli was going to just drive into him on a few occasions. Great result for Jarno, but the tactics, especially that last jink, were a bit questionable.
If Hamilton couldn't turn in and claim the racing line, he had not passed. Simple as that.
But Hamilton did turn in properly. He was only 20cm or so off the line the car in front took through that corner. And judging by his speed compared to Vettels, and the time passed since Vettel disappeared from the camera.. Vettel must have backed off in order for Hamilton to turn in at the time he did, and only be 20cm off the line. But as we all know Hamilton didn't make the corner.
Technically, he might have been in front of Vettel when he made the turn. But he had not passed. If you can't make a turn because you go in too hot, you should give up that position and try again. I think the only reason the stewards let the Monza incident slide is because Massa and Hamilton touched there, making Hamilton countersteer.. So you could say he was forced to cut the chicane.
Back to France. If Vettel was along side Hamilton in that corner, even just a little, the case is even clearer. You haven't passed until you can claim the racing line. That means being 100% in front. If Vettel has his front wing alongside Hamiltons rear wheels, he has the right to defend his position and hold his line. If Hamilton then turns in to take the corner, and they touch.. It blame would have been put on Hamilton.
And there was imo nothing at all wrong with the battle between Trulli and Kovaleinen. What questionable tactics? Jink? Only person who "jinked" was Kovaleinen.
That episode was a classic staring contest, in which Kovaleinen blinked first, and is something that is needed in F1.
Judging by your signature I doubt you'll agree with any of this.. But whatever. Just taking 20 minutes out of my morning to share my views with you.