Again, Alonso crashed on purpose to start from the pitlane, didn't he?
And again, changing a last grid position start for a pitlane start is a no-brainer, more so when you have a car able to obliterate the monkeys at the back. You change your setup to a full race one, you get a fresh gearbox without additional penalty and you avoid first turn carnage. And the proof is in the pudding: Red Bull did it voluntarily. And before them, probably other teams did it too. And I don't think teams should be given this kind of advantage.
And once again, I have no problem whatsoever with Red Bull doing what they did. It was the right thing for them, as the regulations allow it, and it is what almost every team would do in their situation. My qualms are with the regulation allowing it. Which is probably a left-over of a time when, as Sakae said, cars were not forced to race as handicapped as they are now.
First of all, there are rules and as long as the rules are applied equally in every case, there is nothing "unfair".
It's not the first time, that a team pulled a car out of park fermé, repaired it, changed it or whatever and started from the pitlane.
But because it's Red Bull and Vettel some people have to complain.
It's also not of any relevance, whether Red Bull did it deliberately or not. The fuel sample was insufficient, Vettel was stripped of all times and demoted to the last place of the grid.
Secondly, let's compare both incidents.
Vettel took part at the qualifying, was stripped of his times and demoted to the last spot of the grid. At the Monaco GP 2010 Alonso was last, because he didn't even took part. I don't see a reason, why a driver who is last because he even was absent, should be treated better than a driver, who is last because he was stripped of all of his times.
In the case of Vettel, the car setup and gearbox were changed, in Alonso's case, they pretty much had to build up a new car.
Even without the "unfair" rule, Vettel could have started from the last spot of the grid with his normal setup, Alonso couldn't even have started at race, because he wouldn't have had a car.
If people like you didn't complain in the case of Alonso, then you shouldn't complain in the case of Vettel either.
But obviously, some people are disappointed, because Alonso only gained tree points.
Edited by ThomFi, 06 November 2012 - 17:42.