Originally posted by bond
Take your glasses instead. Fan boy.
Here's the proof that hamilton was ahead. If you can fit vettel there, please tell us how...
This is a good shot. In the preceding frame also you can see that he's within a foot of the apex, so no way was Vettel inside him at all. He had done the sensible thing and backed off.
However Hammy was carrying far too much speed to take the corner on track (it looked like he'd have run into DC), so in that sense he needed to shortcut the chicane as part of the overtaking manoevre.
I'd accept that much. What I don't understand is that normally afaik in these situations the team asks Charlie if they need to let the overtaken car through again and he says yes or no. Ted Kravitz said this too.
Also I'm sure that level of shortcutting, after the basic pass, has been allowed in the past.
It's one of those situations that can go either way, and the pattern is that in these situations the current stewards regime goes against McLaren and for Ferrari. Because the clear-cut decisions are taken correctly (like Kimi in Monaco) it's not that easy to point to a bias, but I think there is one - when McLaren can
be penalised they are, and when Ferrari can
be given the benefit of the doubt, they are (like the exhaust, or Kimi setting up a race out of the pitlane in Canada).
In this case it seems that Charlie and the stewards did not give a ruling in time to have Lewis undo the pass, but waited a 14 laps and then issued a drive-through.
The stewards being managed, let us remember, by Alan Donnelly who is an ex Ferrari PR consultant and Max's right-hand man. Max being a vindictive enemy of Ron.
Of the various things that are wrong with the sport at the moment, this bias by the governing body is the worst.