I like Brundle, but him, like all the other commentators, can be dim as bricks sometimes. I find it very hard to understand why people, much less experienced racing drivers, can't grasp at the simplicity of racing ETIQUETTE, that has nothing to do with F1-specific rules, at all.
But the again, I tend to be a self-righteous SOB sometimes, but here's how I see it:
- if someone is alongside you and you crowd them off the road, you can only do it IF you're on the racing line
Disagree here. You can't do deliberate crowding no matter what. It is as simple as that and as much is in the rule book. The concept of racing line is pretty much irrelevant when it comes to wheel-to-wheel racing. All space in the track is totally entitled to be raced at in this situation.
So, if someone is trying to overtake on the outside, exiting a corner, and you crowd them off the road, you're in the right.
Again, not right. Sorry, I don't mean to offend you, you do make a lot of points right, but just pointing out ones I think are wrong so that we could have a discussion of the understanding behind it from both poits of view. Back to the point, one cannot crowd someone intentionally no matter the circumstances. Sometime you are so much on the edge, that only the guy on the inside can take the corner comfortably. In such case you are already out of control being on the edge, so you can't do anything about the other driver, which is fine. But you can't really say - you are on the outside, I will just run you out off the track (the often proudly-proclaimed 'hanging someone out to dry'). That is again deliberate crowding and the law explicitly prohibits that.
The leaving one-car width space is only to counter against double-move. If enough space is left no matter what on the outside, it can never be a second move.