In which cases race control (not stewards, who needs another 100 pages long thread?) got it wrong, and why?
Tragic and obvious one from 1978: Huge shunt caused by race starting too early. Ronnie Peterson dies later at the hospitalvideo
France 2007 or 08? Raikkonen does a couple of laps with exhaust pipe flapping around, which is picked up by cameras. He is not black flagged, exhaust eventually goes off without hitting anyone. Recent Surtees and Massa accidents show how optimistic it was not to bring him to the pits so mechanics could remove the exhaust there.
2004 Ralf Schumacher crashes heavily and stops on track. Martin Brundle points out that SC should have led the cars through the pitlane to avoid debries. I think there was a change in red flag policy at some point in early 00's: Burti crash at Spa caused a red flag even though car stopped a fair bit from the track while Schumacher and Kubica crashes also required a medical assistance and were far worse in terms of debries on track but still, it was decided SC is enough.
Talking about Kubica crash, I don't see much consistency in usage of SC there. Once it's out, the other time with a very similar accident it's only local yellows etc.
Edited by wingwalker, 09 August 2009 - 19:51.